Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2000

Apr, May, Jun

Harald Muenz | Composer

Harald Muenz
Harald Muenz
born in Schwäbisch Hall
founding member of sprechbohrer, phonetisches SprachKunstTrio
since 2005
Lecturer in Music at Brunel University London / focusing on composition
Lives and works as an interdisciplinary artist between Cologne and London

Harald Muenz studied under Helmut Lachenmann, Johannes Fritsch, Clarence Barlow, Krzysztof Meyer, Hans-Ulrich Humpert and Martin Redel, as well as Italian and Aesthetic Phonetics  (Georg Heike) at Cologne University. Harald’s music has been performed internationally by important musicians throughout Europe, in South Korea and the US, amongst others by ensemble mosaik (Berlin), Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Apartment House (London), Alter Ego (Rome), musikFabrik (Cologne), Neue Vocalsolisten (Stuttgart), and the Berlin Philharmonics. His works have been heard at numerous festivals (among others at the Donaueschinger Musiktage) and have been broadcast nationally and internationally (all German NPR stations, BBC, RAI, etc.). He has received many bursaries and prizes, including the Research Grant NRW, Förderpreis Musik NRW, Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann-Stipendium Köln, and the Villa Aurora Los Angeles grant by the German Secretary of State. CDs with his music appeared at Coviello (portrait CD 2012), Cybele Records and Wergo, among others. The music magazine MusikTexte (vol. 103, Nov. 2004) focused on his work; scores appeared at Feedback Studio in Cologne. He is a member of sprechbohrer, a vocal trio performing speech sound art, which realised the first integral performance of Hans G Helms's legendary Fa:m' Ahniesgwow (Wergo, German Record Critics' Award: Quarterly List of Best Recordings 3/2011; The Wire: “Top 10 picks 2011”). Harald is also active as lecturer and author, and is the editor of a book on Italian composer Franco Evangelisti (Saarbrücken: Pfau, 2002). For five years he was the Artistic Director of the Electronic Studio at Musikhochschule Lübeck. 2001-2005 he was the module leader for Aesthetic Phonetics at Cologne University. Since 2005, he teaches composition as a faculty member of Brunel University London. He is an interdisciplinary artist commuting between Cologne and London.