DMA, Stanford University

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, premiered at the main stage of the Stuttgart Opera in July 2011. His second operatic work, Kaspar Hauser, explores the titular character’s mysterious story and premiered at the Theater Freiburg in April 2016. 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, the Christoph-Delz-Prize, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. For more information, visit Hans Thomalla's personal website.


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Faculty artists release new works on page and stage this summer

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Institute for New Music announces 2019-2020 season

August 8, 2019

Bienen Institute for New Music welcomes David T. Little and Judd Greenstein

April 3, 2019

Bienen Professor Hans Thomalla Named Guggenheim Fellow

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