Hans Thomalla

Associate Professor, Composition and Music Technology


Hans Thomalla

DMA, Stanford University; Hochschule fur Musik, Frankfurt

Director, Institute for New Music. Hans Thomalla, born in Bonn, Germany, is a Chicago-based composer. His works explore the double-bind character of music as acoustic reality as well as culturally and historically formed expression, constantly following materials transform from one form of musical experience to the other. He has written chamber music as well as orchestral works, and a particular focus of his activity lies in composing for the stage: his opera Fremd for soloists, choir, large orchestra and electronics, was premiered at the main stage of the Stuttgart Opera in July 2011. Hans Thomalla studied composition at the Frankfurt Musikhochschule and at Stanford University. He has been awarded numerous awards and fellowships, among others the Composers' Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis, and the Christoph-Delz-Prize. For more information, visit Hans Thomalla's personal web site.


Ear Taxi Festival to showcase Bienen faculty, students and alumni (9/13/16)
Mostly Mozart Festival features two Bienen faculty members in ‘Seven Reponses’ (8/22/16)
NU Cello Ensemble releases album ‘Shadow, Echo, Memory’ (7/29/16)
Hans Thomalla - Where Tonality Is Not Just Stale, Dead, Sold Out (Goethe-Institut, March 2016)
Thomalla’s work ‘Bagatellen’ premiered at Frequency Festival (The New York Times, 03/02/2016)
Northwestern Hosts Second New Music Conference Nov. 6 to 8 (Northwestern News, 10/15/2015)