Charlotte Seither - Composer

Biography

 

 

Charlotte Seither was born in 1965 in Landau/Pfalz (Germany). She is guest at international festivals like Wien Modern, ISCM World Music Days Tongyeong, Warsaw Generationen Festival, Gaudeamus Amsterdam, Encuentros Santiago de Chile or IFWM Seoul. In 1998 she received the degree of a Doctor of Philosophy and is a frequently asked member of international juries and committees. Als Artist in residence she lived and worked at the Cité des Arts Paris (1999), Akademie Schloss Solitude Stuttgart (1995), Villa Concordia Bamberg (2013), Palazzo Barbarigo Venedig (1993), Civitella Ranieri / Italy (2012), Art Lab Johannesburg (2015) and in the Villa Aurora Los Angeles (2000). In 2009 she was resident at the Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo in Rome. She received several prizes and honours, e.g. the 1st Prize in den International Composition Contest Prague Spring (1995), the 1st Prize in the International Composition Contest Ciutat de Palma / Spain (2004) and the Foerderpreis of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung (2002). Besides she got the scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (1987-91). In 2010 she was awarded with the Praetorius Musikpreis for Composition. In August 2013 her orchestra piece Language of Leaving had its World Premiere at the BBC Proms in London and was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall. Charlotte Seither was awarded with the Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2014.

 

 

Biography (chronological)

2016

ISCM World Music Days Tongyeong / South Corea 2016: Selection of the Fuenf Stuecke um den Fluss zu queren (2012) by the International ISCM Jury

 

World Premiere of Write my name (2015), Kunststation St. Peter Cologne / Germany

 

Jury-Member in 2016: German Academy Villa Massimo Rome / Italy, International Composition Contest Nuovo Orfeo of the Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto / Italy

 

New election into boards in 2016: GEMA Supervisory Board, Bogliasco Foundation Fellow Advisory Council / Italien, Board of the GEMA Foundation

 

Further regular membership in boards: Akademie der Deutschen Musikautoren of GEMA (ADMA), Artistic Board of Konzerte des Deutschen Musikrats Bonn, Music Advisory Board of Guardini Stiftung Berlin, Artistic Board of Landesjugendensembles Neue Musik Rheinland-Pfalz of the Landesmusikrat Rheinland-Pfalz, Artistic Board of the Villa Musica / Kulturstiftung Rheinland-Pfalz, Artistic Board of BKA Berlin / Unerhoerte Musik

 

International performances in 2016 in Tongyeong / South Corea (ISCM World Music Days), Charlotteville / USA, Coral Gables / USA, Innsbruck, broadcastings (international) on BBC 3

2015

Artist Resident of the Sylt Foundation Johannesburg / South Africa

 

World Premiere of Sguardo da molto vicino (2015) as a commission of the Teatro La Fenice Venice for the Maratona Contemporanea 2015

 

World Premiere of Ask him! (2014), Sylt Foundation Johannesburg / South Africa

 

World Premiere of Left Luggage. Nachklang für Ludwig van B. (2015) in the accompanying program of the Beethoven-Feast Bonn (250 Pieces for Ludwig van Beethoven)

 

World Premiere of hungry (2014/15), Music Academy of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in Brixen / Italy

 

Jury-Member in 2015: German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome, Deutscher Musikautorenpreis of GEMA, Musicprize of the County of Sachsen-Anhalt, Composition Scholarships of the Berlin Senats 2015, German Preselection for the ECCO of ECSA Bruxelles (European Composer and Songwriter Alliance), Board of the Versorgungsstiftung deutscher Komponisten of the GEMA, Composition Contest of the Tonkuenstlerverband Sachsen-Anhalt for Young Composers, Fanny-Mendelssohn-Competition for Composition of the Austrian Musical Colleges in Vienna.

 

International performances in 2015 in Graz (Impuls-Festival Young Academy, IGNM Steiermark), Venice (Teatro La Fenice, Biennale di Venezia), Rome, Copenhagen (Figura Festival), Melbourne, Montecatini Terme, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein (New Music Indaba Festival), Brixen, broadcastings (international) at ORF Wien

2014

Deutscher Musikautorenpreis 2014, Category Contemporary Choir Music

 

Fellowship of the International Bogliasco Foundation (Bogliasco / New York),  4-week residency in Italy

 

World Premiere of Chercher le chien (2013/14) with the Ensemble musikFabrik within the scholarship of the Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia Bamberg

 

World Premiere of Running circles (2011) for two pianos and two percussions at the März-Musik-Festival as a commission of the Ensemble BerlinPianoPercussion

 

World Premiere of Eight pieces of precious time (2013) as a commission of the Deutscher Musikrat for Jugend musiziert Brandenburg / Rathenow

 

World Premiere of Weitere Machart von Stille (2012/13) for solo voice at the Akademie der Tonkunst Darmstadt

 

Jury member of the German Academy Villa Massimo in Rome, the International Composition Contest Premio di Trieste / Italy 2014, the Landeswettbewerb Jugend komponiert / Komposition of the county of Brandenburg, the 15th  Lotto-Kunstpreis des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, the Composition Competition of the Tonkünstlerverbandes Sachsen-Anhalt and at the Osnabrücker Kompositionspreis for Young Composers 2014.

 

Since 2013 Member of the Committee of the Versorgungsstiftung deutscher Komponisten der GE

 

International performances / Rundfunkstrahlungen at Wien Modern, Radio BBC 3, Radio ORF 1, in Fiesole / Italien, Tiflis / Georgia and Radio RAI TRE.

2013

Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia Bamberg, Artist Residency of the Bavarian Ministry for Science, Research and Cultur for 11 months (2013/14)

 

World Premiere of Language of Leaving (2012/13) for orchestra and 24 voices as a commission work of the BBC London for the BBC PROMS, Royal Albert Hall London

 

World Premiere of Tre acque con ombre (2013) for ensemble as a commission work of the festival Milano Musica 2013,  ensemble mdi milano

 

World Premiere of licht und namen (2012/13) as a commission work of Deutschlandfunk Köln for the jubilee concert 850 Jahre Kloster Loccum, Norddeutscher Figuralchor, conductor: Jörg Straube

 

World Premiere of Schwebende Verse (2012) for piano and percussion with the Ensemble Phace Contemporary th the Konzerthaus Wien

 

Jury-Member for the Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo in Rome, at the Internationalen YEAH-Award (Young EARopen Award), in the composition contest of the Berliner Senats for the Citè des Arts Paris, for the Kompositionsstipendien of the Berliner Senat, for the Rheinsberger Kompositionspreis and for the Landeswettbewerb Jugend musiziert of the Berliner Landesmusikrats.

 

Since 2013 Member of the Commitee of the Versorgungsstiftung deutscher Komponisten der GEMA

 

Since 2013 Member of the Künstlerischer Beirat des Landesjugendensembles Neue Musik im Landesmusikrat Rheinland-Pfalz

 

Since 2012 Member of the Künstlerischen Beirat der Stiftung Villa Musica / Kulturstiftung Rheinland-Pfalz

 

Sincce 2012 Member of the Künstlerischer Beirat of BKA Berlin / Unerhörte Musik.

 

International performances in 2013 in Wien / Klagenfurt (Phace Contemporary Wien), Utrecht / Amsterdam (ASKO Kamerkoor), New York, London, Edinburgh Fringe, Huddersfield Festival, Musica Milano, in Sao Paulo and at the BBC Proms London

2012

Composer in residence in the accompanying program of the Evangelischen Kirche Kurhessen-Waldeck to documenta XIII in Kassel (concert serie with 23 works in 10 concerts)

 

 Fellowship of Civitella Ranieri Foundation (Civitella / New York), 7-week residency in Italy

 

World premiere of Fünf Stücke um den Fluss zu queren for orchestra (2012) as commission of St. Martin in Kassel / Composer in residence to documenta XIII

 

World premiere of Guarda in giù for choir a cappella (2011) as commission of via nova choir München in cooperation with the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung 

 

World premiere of Cry for violin solo (2009) at the festival Neue Musik in der Kirche / Composer in residence to documenta XIII Kassel

 

World premiere of Gehen lassen. Solo I – III for voice with hand percussion (2012) and Feinstaub for voice solo (2012) as commission of St. Martin Kassel / Composer in residence to documenta XIII

 

World premiere of Seul avec des ombres (2011) for flute solo in cooperation with the Musikakademie Schloss Rheinsberg  

 

Jury-Member in the International Composition Contest Premio Trio di Trieste 2012, Mendelssohn-Wettbewerb der Deutschen Musikhochschulen, at the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, in the Composition Contest “Jugend komponiert” of Landesmusikrat Brandenburg and in the Composition Contest of the Berliner Cappella

 

Nomination in the Board of Villa Musica / Cultural Foundation of Rheinland-Pfalz and in the BKA Berlin / Unerhörte Musik.

 

International performances in Amsterdam / Utrecht / Tilburg (ASKO Kamerkoor), Istanbul, Graz, Paris, Odessa, Danzig and Beijing.

2011

World premiere of More reasons for reality as commission work of E-Mex Ensemble / Landesmusikrat NRW

 

World premiere of Equal ways of difference as commission work of ELOLE Trio / Tonlagen-Festival Dresden

 

World premiere of Recherche sur le fond for orchestra as commission work of  Ensemblia Mönchengladbach Festival

 

World premiere of Haut terrain for 12-part chamber choir as commission work of Dresdner Kammerchor / Hans-Christoph Rademann

 

World premiere of The long distance from zero to one / Medienbunker Hamburg

 

Jury Member at composition competition of Deutscher Musikwettbewerb/Deutscher Musikrat, composition competition of Tonkünstlerverband Würzburg, International YEAH Competition, competition of Berliner Cappella and of Gürzenich Orchestra Köln/Landesmusikrat NRW

 

International performances e.g.at the International Contemporary Music Festival Seoul, in Peking, E-May-Festival Vienna and Eindhoven/Nederland

2010

Niedersächsischer Musikpreis 2010 for Composition / Composition Prize of the German State Lower Saxonia

 

Nomination for the Deutscher Musikautorenpreis, Category Instrumental Music

 

World premiere of Fire Music for six or more players with Ensemble V.Act

 

World premiere of Waiting for T for trumpet, trombone, cello and percussion / Ensemble Ascolta

 

World premiere of Schwebender Rand mit Verzweigung for two bass clarinets /  Festival Randspiele Zepernick

 

World premiere of Schatten und Klarsein. Verse für Heinrich Kleist for soprano and chamber orchester / Württembergisches Kammerorcheseter Heilbronn

 

Broadcasting portrait at RBB Radio Berlin

 

Jury Member of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb / Deutscher Musikrat, 4th International Composers Contest Poznan / Poland and the Composition Contest of Tonkünstlerverband Würzburg

 

International performances at BBC London, Generation-Festival Warzawa / Poland, International Spring Festival for Contemporary Music Poznan / Poland, Cantiere Internazionale di Montepulciano, Torino, Genova

2009

Scholarship of the German Ministry of Culture for the German Academy / Villa Massimo Rome / Italy, one-year residency in Rome

 

World premiere of Beschriftung der Tiefe von innen for ensemble with Ensemble Modern

 

World premiere of Deixis for violoncello with Rohan de Saram

 

Jury member of Deutscher Musikwettbewerb Composition / Deutscher Musikrat, Composition Contest of Bremer Tonkünstlerverband and International Composition Contest Ensemblia Mönchengladbach

 

International performances e.g. in Venice, Rome (Ensemble L’Arsenale di Treviso, Ensemble Modern) and Vienna

2008

Invitation by Goethe-Institut Santiago de Chile / Encuentro Internacional de Compositores Santiago, Lecture / Masterclass at Universidad Católica, concert with Ensemble Taller

 

Composer in residence of the University Witten-Herdecke

 

Return Fellow of the Academy Solitude Castle Stuttgart, one-month residency

 

World premiere of Essay on Shadow and Truth as commission of the Opera Krefeld-Mönchengladbach

 

World premiere of Never real, always true for accordion as commission of the Deutschlandfunk Cologne

 

World premiere of Far from distance for clarinet, violoncello and piano as commission of the Festival of Interpretation and Performance Practice Saarbrücken

 

World premiere of Scusi for tenor recorder and piano as commission of Ensemble Mirroir Hannover

 

World premiere of Dopo domani for voice and piano as commission of the Singakademie Berlin

 

Broadcasting portraits at Deutschlandfunk and Bayrischer Rundfunk

 

International performances e.g. at BBC London (BBC Singers), Teatrul Orion Bukarest, Karavaan-Festival Heiloo / Nederland (Vocaal Laboratorium Amsterdam), Biennale München

2007

Zonta-Prize for Composition

 

Return fellow of ArtSpace Sylt Foundation, one-month residency

 

World premiere of Gran Passo for piano as commission of the Concours Clara Schumann Düsseldorf

 

World premiere of Der helle Rand von Furcht und Erwachen for three soloists and ensemble as commission of the ADEvantgarde-Festival Munich

 

World premiere of koy for bass voice solo at the Festival Voix Nouvelles Royaumont / France

 

World premiere of Echoes of O’s within Documenta XII Kassel

 

World premiere of Passage innocent for 12 voices as commission of the Berlin Senate for Cultural Affairs

 

World premiere of Sous mes yeux for piano at the Traunstein Summer Concerts

 

Jury member of the Composition Contest Klangwerktage Hamburg and since 2007 regularly of the Composition Contest of Berliner Cappella

 

International performances at BBC London (BBC Symphony Orchestra), Festival Viitasari / Finnland, Voix Nouvelles Royaument /France and Göteborg (Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart), Music  of our Time Budapest, Redcat Los Angeles (Ear Unit Los Angeles)

2006

Invitation of Goethe Institute Tashkent / Uzbekistan in cooperation with Ensemble Omnibus Tashkent, Lectures, Masterclasses at State Conservatory Tashkent, concert)

 

Scholarship ArtSpace Sylt Foundation, one-month residency

 

World premiere of Inventaire de départ for accordion and electronics as commission of the Deutschlandfunk Cologne

 

World premiere of Minzmeissel for voice and piano within the Aribert-Reimann-Night Munich

 

World premiere of Visible thoughts for saxophone, percussion and piano in cooperation with the Saarländischer Rundfunk Saarbrücken

 

Broadcasting portrait at Saarländischer Rundfunk Saarbrücken

 

International performances e.g. at Gaudeamus Amsterdam, ISCM World Music Festival Stuttgart, in Lviv / Ukraine, Bruckner House Linz, Rudolfinum Prague (Tschechisches Rundfunksinfonie-Orchester), Goethe Institute Tashkent, Saptamana Muzicii Contemporane Bukarest, RedCat Los Angeles, in Milano / Monza, Triesen / Liechtenstein, Toronto, Vancover

2005

Scholarship of the Academy of Arts Berlin for the Studio of Electronic Music

 

Special Mention at CLASH! / MUSIK DER JAHRHUNDERTE for Coq-á-l’âne, Selection for ISCM World New Music Festival Stuttgart 2006

 

World premiere of Secret roots of fusion and fate for ensemble and electronics as commission of Academy of Arts Berlin

 

World premiere von Itinéraire for piano as commission of the Bebersee-Festival Gross Doelln

 

World premiere of Flow for flute, violin and violoncello as commission of Villa Aurora Berlin / Los Angeles

 

Jury member for Villa Aurora Scholarship Los Angeles

 

International performances e.g. in Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht (Asko Kamerkoor Amsterdam); Genua, Portland / USA

2004

First Prize in the International Composition Context Premi Internacional de Composicio Ciutat de Palma for orchestra for Paires d’ alternances

 

Composition Award 2004 of the Berliner for Hora for vocal ensemble

 

World premiere of All’aperto for 16 voices as commission of the International Choir Festival Ruhr Bochum 2004

 

World premiere of Einlass und Wiederkehr for soprano and piano as commission of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hannover / Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival / Meisterkurs Aribert Reimann

 

World premiere of One-woman-opera for voice with hand percussion as commission of the Dresdener Tage für Zeitgenössische Musik

 

International performances e.g. at BBC London (BBC Symphony Orchestra), Goethe-Institute Milano, Encontre Internacional de Compositores Illes Baleares / Spain, Goethe Institute Santiago De Chile, Salvador Bahia, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Caracas, Montevideo

2003

Scholarship Weikersheim Castle, six-month residency

 

World premiere of Living gardens as commission of Ensemble Modern / City of Frankfurt / Main

 

World premiere of Ricordanza for 15-part choir as commission of the Klaus-Martin-Ziegler-Foundation Kassel

 

World premiere of Unknown friends as commission of the Bayrische Staatsoper Munich

 

International performaces e.g. at LACMA Los Angeles, IFWM-Festival Seoul, IGNM Zürich

2002

Young Composer’s Award of the Ernst-von-Siemens-Musik-Foundation Munich

 

World premiere of Corps croise for string quartet as commission of the Biennale Hannover / Norddeutscher Rundfunk Hannover

 

World premiere of Paires d’ alternances as commission of the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz / Foundation of Culture Rheinland-Pfalz

 

International performances e.g. at GRAME-Festival Lyon, Nuova Consonanza Rome (Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart)

2001

Solo CD Wergo, Deutscher Musikrat, Edition Zeitgenössische Musik

 

World premiere of Echoes, Edges for piano as commission of the International Bremen Piano Competition

 

World premiere of Herzform, Krater as commission of the Klangwerkstatt Kreuzberg

 

World premiere of Dir, mir zu within the ADEvantgarde Festival Munich

 

World premiere of Himmelsspalt for organ as commission of WDR Cologne

 

International performances e.g. at GAIDA-Festival Lithuania, International Youth Music Forum Kiev, Young Culture Seoul, Goethe Institute Kopenhagen, LACMA Los Angeles

2000

Scholarship at Villa Aurora Los Angeles, three-month residency

 

Franz-Liszt-Scholarship of the Cultural Capital Weimar 2000, four-month residency

 

World premiere of the music theatre piece Anderes / Selbst as commission of the Opera Bonn for the series Bonn Chance. Experimental Music Theatre / Bundeskunsthalle Bonn

 

World premiere of Seeds Of Noises for six voices as commission of the Biennale Hannover

 

World premiere of Herzfalter for tenor and piano as commission of Expo 2000 Hannover / German Pavillon

 

World premiere of Playing Both Ends Towards The Middle for violin and violoncello as commission of Expo 2000 Hannover / Foundation Musik Aktiv Hamburg

 

International performances e.g. at 9th Days of Contemporary Music Katowice, Wroclaw / Poland, Villa Aurora Los Angeles, Rostrum of Composers Amsterdam

1999

Scholarship Cité Internationale des Arts Paris, six-month residency

 

World premiere of Merging strain for violoncello solo as commission of the International Bach Feast Cologne

 

International performances at Goethe-Institute Lissabon, Festival de Muzica Contemporanea Bukarest, Festival of Today’s Music Ulan-Bator / Mongolia, Cité des Arts Paris

1998

Granted the degree Ph.D. in Musicology by Rudolf Stephan / Free University of Berlin (Dissoziation als Prozess. Sincronie for string quartet von Luciano Berio, Kassel: Bärenreiter 2000)

 

World premiere of Peser Ses Mots for ensemble as commission of the Biennale Munich / Bayrische Staatsoper

 

International performances e.g. at Goethe-Institute Paris, International Youth Music Festival Kiev, Arsenale Musica Pisa, Musique Dans La Vallée Redanche / Luxembourg, St. Guillaume Strasbourg

1997

World premiere of Monad’s Face for soprano, bass clarinet and violoncello as commission of Dresdener Tage für Zeitgenössische Musik

 

World premiere of Waters, Earth and Air I at the Biennale Hannover

 

World premiere of Waters, Earth And Air II at Klangwerkstatt Kreuzberg

 

World premiere of Sieben Verlautbarungen for baritone and piano as commission of  Deutschlandradio Berlin

 

World premiere of Coq-á-l’âne for three players as commission of the Biennale Hannover

1996

World premiere of Alleanza d’archi for string trio

 

World premiere of Klang und Schwebung within the 60th-Birthday-Concert of Aribert Reimann at the Hebbel Theater Berlin

1995

First Prize in the International Composition Contest Prague Spring for Kammersinfonie (Objet Diaphane)

 

Scholarship for the Academy Solitude Castle Stuttgart, nine-month residency

 

Scholarship of the Wilfried-Steinbrenner-Foundation Berlin

 

Scholarship of the County of Niedersachsen for the Artist’s Residence Schreyahn, nine-month residency

 

First Premiere of Champlève for piano trio as commission of the Villa Musica Mainz

1994

First Prize in the Composition Contest of Göttingen Symphony Orchestra for Hors d’automne

 

World premiere of Kammersinfonie (Objet Diaphane) for 13 players as commission of the Berlin Senate of Cultural Affairs for the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

 

World premiere of L’uno dall’altro for orchestra as commission of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe / Minstery for Education and Art Baden-Württemberg

 

World premiere of Liquid devices for soprano and ensemble as commission of  Hannoverscher Künstlerverein for the Niedersächsische Staatsoper Hannover

 

World premiere of Fra l’altro for 10-voice chamber choir

 

Composition Diploma at Hochschule der Künste Berlin (study with Frank-Michael Beyer and Friedrich Goldmann, also with Aribert Reimann)

1993

Scholarship for the Deutsche Studienzentrum in Venice / Palazzo Barbarigo della Terrazza, two-month residency in Venice

 

World premiere of Firnis for baritone and bass clarinet as commission of the Chamber Opera Rheinsberg Castle

 

World premiere of Frames and Fingers for three percussionists

1992

Niedersächsisches Nachwuchsstipendium of the Ministery of Science and Culture Hannover

 

World premiere of Hymn for electronics at Klangwerkstatt Kreuzberg

1990

Musica Viva Scholarship of the City of Pforzheim, Masterclass with Ysang Yun

 

Piano Diploma at Hochschule für Künste Berlin

1989

Award for special achievement as a student at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover

1988-91

Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes

1981-85

Numerous prizes at Jugend-Musiziert for piano solo and accompaniment, special prizes for the best interpretation of contemporary music