Portrait2Horst Lohse is a universal composer. Embracing almost all musical genres, his oeuvre ranges from reflective chamber music through to deep drilling orchestral sounds, from vocal works with brilliant precise text interpretation right up to adventurous forms of dance and music theatre.
Performed throughout the world, several works of Horst Lohse have been released by renowned labels like NEOS Music, ambitus, cpo, kreuzberg records and ragaprong. Guest lectures and portrait concerts took Horst Lohse to festivals in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Russia, the United States and Brazil.
Created in an interdisciplinary manner, Horst Lohse’s compositions are reflecting philosophical and mythological themes just as intensely as particular key motifs taken from visual artworks by Bosch, Klee, Chagall and Matta right through to present-day conceptual arts. Polyglot in the variety of texts, Horst Lohse’s oeuvre catalogue testifies a profound concern with literary voices from Europe, the Eastern world, Africa, North and Latin America.
For his work, Horst Lohse was honoured with important prizes and awards: the City of Stuttgart Composition Prize, the Orchestral Composition Prize awarded by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries and the Society for Contemporary Music, the E.T.A. Hoffmann Prize of the City of Bamberg and the Friedrich Baur Prize of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. Horst Lohse was prize winner at the European Composition Competition of the Aaarhus Symphony Orchestra and at the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition for ballet compositions at the Dresden Music Festival. When he was still a student, Horst Lohse received awards from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research and from the Music Academy Würzburg for his outstanding artistic achievement. Further awards followed: the Honorary Endowment of the City of Bamberg, der Berganza Prize of the Art Association Bamberg, the Otto Grau Cultural Prize and the Cultural Award of the Upper Franconia Foundation
Numerous works of Horst Lohse are published by edition gravis. Current CD releases: 
Letzte Dinge (Last Things). Hieronymus Bosch Triptychon. NEOS 11604 | Robert Hunger-Bühler, Christoph Maria Moosmann, Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Aldo Brizzi   
Graphics in Music & Poetry. kreuzberg records 10147 | Michael Herrschel, Gernot Hammrich, Lorenz Trottmann    


 

Chronological Table

1943

born at Kulmbach am Main 

1964-67

Studies at the Pedagogical University Bayreuth 

1967-70

Teacher and choral conductor

1970-72

Studies at the Mozarteum University Salzburg: composition with Helmut Eder, violin with Jürgen Geise and Hermann Kienzl, Music Education with Barbara Haselbach, Wilhelm Keller and Hermann Regner 
Master classes with Bogusław Schaeffer and the Austrian Ensemble for Contemporary Music

1972

Prize for outstanding artistic achievement at the Mozarteum University Salzburg, awarded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research
WP Bagatellen für Streichquartett and Movements at Salzburg 

1972-76

Studies at the University of Music Würzburg: composition with Bertold Hummel, musical theory and analysis with Klaus Hinrich Stahmer 

1972-2005

Teacher in music model classes at Bamberg 

1973

Förderungspreis für Komposition der Musikalischen Akademie Würzburg 
WP Floating for Strings, Exercises and Imaginations at Würzburg 

1974

Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart für Cantos sinfónicos 

1975

Artistic State Examination in composition
Theory teacher exam
WP Quartett at Würzburg 
WP Laetare Jerusalem (Léopold Sédar Senghor) at Nuremberg 

1975-76

Master student in composition with Bertold Hummel

1976

WP Lyrics at Bamberg 

1977

WP Alliances inusitées at Bayreuth 
WP La morte d’Orfeo at Montepulciano (Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte
WP Floating for Strings (orchestral version) at Bamberg 

1977-84

Lecturer at the University of Music Würzburg 

1979

WP Solitude I at Bamberg 
WP Des Teufels goldene Haare at Bamberg (E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater
WP Epitaph für Nizami at Coburg (Landestheater

1980

WP Solitude II (quasi un’elegia) at Bamberg (E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater)

1981

WP Retour at Berlin 

1982

Orchestral Composition Prize awarded by the Cultural Committee of German Business within the Federation of German Industries and the Society for Contemporary Music 
Prize winner at the European Composition Competition of the Aaarhus Symphony Orchestra 
WP Sisyphos at Leverkusen 

1983

Honorary Endowment of the City of Bamberg 
WP Brahms-Metamorphosen and Moments de passion at Bamberg 
WP Phoenix (Hommage à Scriabine) at Nuremberg 

1984

Prize winner at the International Carl Maria von Weber Competition for ballet compositions at the Dresden Music Festival 

1985

WP Nocturne - Aubade at Bielefeld 
WPCantos sinfónicos (Federico García Lorca) at Nuremberg 

1986

Co-founder of Neue Musik in Bamberg and Tage der Neuen Musik Bamberg   
WP Bamberg Symphony  

1987

WP Divergenz at Leverkusen 
WP Rounds and Interludes, Laetare Jerusalem (choir version), Solitude III and Aprilmusik at Bamberg 

1987-93

Jury member and lecturer at the competition Jugend komponiert of Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland 

1988

WP Rückert-Lieder at Schweinfurt 
WP Auf einen Stein am Weg geschrieben (Rubén DaríoBeltrán Morales | Gioconda Belli) at Braunschweig (New Akademy) 
WP La morte d’Orfeo (orchestral version) at Nuremberg 

1989

WP Brahms-Reflexionen at Leverkusen 
WP Der eingebildet Kranke at Bamberg (E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater)
CD Roseau-Quintett (tgf records): Nocturne - Aubade 

1990

WP The Seven Deadly Sins in Bonn 

1991

WP Five Portraits (nach Homer’s Odyssey) at Bamberg 
WP Aus der Tiefe at Nuremberg 

1992

WP Greetings at Bayreuth 

1993

WP Abschied and Die Zeit ist ein uferloser Fluss at Bamberg (Villa Dessauer
Lecture at Bayreuth (composition workshop of the International Youth Music Festival) 
Participation at the 1st International Piano Forum …antasten… at Heilbronn 

1994

WP Vogeldenkmal in Auflösung at Bayreuth 
WP Drei Lieder (Edgar Allan Poe) at Halle (Händel-Haus)
WP Chant à l’amitié at Nuremberg (Sebalduskirche
CD Mythen in Musik. ambitus 97814 

1995

WP Spells for Bells at Bamberg 
WP Transitions on top of the Waldstein (Festival Mitte Europa
Participant at Made in Leiden 5 

1996

WP A. Schmidts Monde at Almada, Portugal 
WP G-A-M-E-S at Erlangen 
Lecture at Jesi, Ancona (Incontri internazionali di musica contemporanea
CD Brahms-Reflexionen. ambitus 97935 
CD Trio con variationi. ambitus 97936  

1997

WP The Four Last Things at Bamberg (Joseph-Keilberth-Saal

1999

Berganza-Preis of the Art Association Bamberg 
WP Valses sentimentales et tristes at Bamberg (E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater)
WP Nachtstück I+II at Orléans (Semaines musicales internationales)
WP Hephaistos at Munich 
Nachtstück I+II at Turin (Festival internazionale di musica antica e contemporanea) and Weimar (Tage Neuer Musik
Five Portraits at Istanbul (Goethe-Institut

2000

WP AllerleiRauh at Weimar (Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt
WP Harmonie du soir at Bayreuth 
WP Prelude of Spring at Nuremberg 
Lecture at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln-Wuppertal and composer portrait at the Von-der-Heydt-Museum, invited by the Bergische Gesellschaft für Neue Musik 

2001

WP Nachtstück III at Erlangen 
WP Netz at Lüneburg 
Lecture and portrait concert at Munich (Hochschule für Musik und Theater
Portrait concert at Saint Petersburg (Festival Sound Ways)
CD Moments de passion. Cavalli Records 

2002

Otto-Grau-Kulturpreis 
CD …à E. T. A. Hoffmann. Cavalli Records 
CD Im Netz des Hephaistos. Berliner Bibliophilen Abend 

2003

WP Dedicazione at Heilbronn 
WP Nachtstücke V+VI at Nuremberg (Neues Museum
Portrait concerts (…à E. T. A. Hoffmann) at Nuremberg and Bamberg (E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater

2004

WP La naissance du feu at Bamberg 
WP Blue Spot at Kulmbach 
WP Die Sirenen noch im Ohr at Nuremberg 
WP Birgit’s Toy at New York City (Cooper Union | Spinet Project, an Experiment on Gesamtkunstwerk

2005

WP Verhüllung (Wolfgang Hilbig) at Stuttgart (Gustav-Siegle-Haus
WP Turm der Winde at Fürth (Kulturforum
WP Mahan at Bamberg (E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Theater)
La naissance du feu at Dublin (Mostly Modern Series

2006

Cultural Award of the Upper Franconia Foundation for achievements as a contemporary composer and for Artistic Direction of Tage der Neuen Musik Bamberg 
WP Nocturne memorialis D. S. at Saint Petersburg (Festival Sound Ways
Penelope at San José, Costa Rica (Martes por la Noche)
Turm der Winde at Harmo Novi Trossingen (Hochschule für Musik

2007

WP Drei Lieder (Ingo Cesaro) at Bamberg
WP Die Abenteuer des schönen Mahan at Nuremberg (Tafelhalle
WP …unterwegs… at Nuremberg (Hochschule für Musik
WP Canto perpetuo at Bamberg (Otto-Friedrich-Universität
A. Schmidts Monde at Bremen and Eschede 
Lecture at the Quasar Institute, Rome 
Composer portrait Incontro con l’Autore at Autunno Musicale, Museo Campano Capua 
CD …unterwegs…. Cavalli Records 

2008

E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Preis der Stadt Bamberg for life-time achievement as a composer and for promotion of new music 
WP Morgenstern-Lieder at Berlin (BKA-Theater
WP Tor zur Tiefe at Bleibach 
A. Schmidts Monde at Salvador (Universidade Federal da Bahia
AllerleiRauh at Timișoara (Festivalul International Timișoara Muzicala) and Bukarest (Săptămâna Internațională a Muzicii Noi
Five Portraits at Erfurt (musica rara-Festival) 
Composer portrait at BR Klassik (by Jörg Krämer)

2009

WP La siesta del trópico and Doppelter Abschied at Nuremberg (Neues Museum
WP Solitude V (Labyrinth) at Bamberg (Villa Dessauer
Verhüllung at Bayreuth (Musica Bayreuth), Saint Petersburg (Festival Sound Ways) and Szczecin (Westival Sztuka Architektury
Lyrics at Rome (Festa Europea della Musica
Netz at Fortaleza, Brazil (Teatro Celina Queiroz, Festival Eleazar de Carvalho

2010

Nachtklänge from Mahan at Timișoara, Bușteni (Centrul Cultural Aurel Stroe), Bucharest (George Enescu Festival) and Tolstefanz 
CD Lyrics. ragaprong RG 2010-002/LC 12599. CD Release at Hamburg (Kirche St. Pauli
CD Konzert für Arno Schmidt. cpo 777 508-2: A. Schmidts Monde. CD Release at Oldenburg (Internationales Jugendprojektehaus Weiße Rose 1)  

2011

Lecture at Oldenburg (Komponisten-Colloquium
The Seven Deadly Sins and Abschied at Fürth (St. Paul | Auferstehungskirche

2012

Friedrich-Baur-Preis der Bayerischen Akademie der Schönen Künste 
WP Sabelita Scenes N°2+4+9+17 (Michael Herrschel) at Nuremberg (Neues Museum) and Fürth (Auferstehungskirche) 
Tor zur Tiefe at Lüneburg (Festival Neue Musik) 
Nocturne memorialis D. S. at Weinsberg, Bad Rappenau and Mannheim (Neckar-Musikfestival

2013

WP Cave cave Dominus videt (Michael Herrschel) in Fürth 
WP Fischgesänge (Ingo Cesaro) in Kronach (Synagoge
WP Spirits of the Dead (Edgar Allan Poe) in Nuremberg (Neues Museum
WP Palingenesis in Erlangen (Redoutensaal) 
Portrait concerts in Bamberg, Bayreuth, Kulmbach und Nuremberg 
Five Portraits at Detmold (Hörfest Neue Musik: Mythos und Moderne
Dedicazione and Nocturne memorialis D. S. at Lüneburg (Festival Neue Musik) 
CD Horst Lohse | Trio Contraste. Cavalli Records 
Composer portrait at BR Klassik (by Wolfgang Schicker) 

2014

Die Zeit ist ein uferloser Fluss at Timișoara 
Lyrics at Reutlingen 

2015

Nocturne memorialis D. S. at Bayreuth (Zeit für Neue Musik) and Lüneburg 
Ira - Acedia - Avaritia at Baden-Baden 
Nausikaa - Kirke at Timișoara 
Moments de passion at Bukarest (Meridian Festival) 

2016

Abschied at Bayreuth (Zeit für Neue Musik) 
Prelude of Spring at Weißenburg 
Penelope at Iowa City 
Fremder Vogel at Timișoara (Festivalul Internațional de Muzică Nouă Intrada) and Bukarest (Meridian Festival) 
The Seveb Deadly Sins at Craiova (Festivalul Craiova Muzicala) 
CD Letzte Dinge. Hieronymus Bosch Triptychon. NEOS 11604 

2017

La morte d’Orfeo (orchestral version) at Timișoara 
Portrait concerts at Bamberg (Colours of Infinity) and Fürth (Ocular Chorales): The Seven Deadly Sins - Cave cave Dominus videt 
Moments de passion at Düsseldorf (Gerhart-Hauptmann-Haus
Drei Lieder (Edgar Allan Poe) at Bukarest (Meridian Festival) and Timișoara (Festivalul Internațional de Muzică Nouă Intrada)
Lecture at the Caspar Walter Rauh Symposium at Porto 
Transfer of printed scores and completed manuscripts to the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg 

2018

Dedicazione at Lüneburg (Festival Neue Musik) 
Portrait concerts at Bamberg (Horst Lohse & Friends), Münster, Delmenhorst and Timișoara 

2019

WP Tree Stories (Ursula Shields-Huemer) at Bayreuth (Kunstmuseum
Cave cave Dominus videt at Munich (Münchner Orgelsommer)
Graphics in Music & Poetry: Multi media concerts at Bayreuth (for the twenty-year anniversary of the Kunstmuseum) and Bamberg (with studio recording)

2020

Graphics performances at Himmelkron (Winterkunstwochen) and Fürth 
CD Graphics in Music & Poetry. kreuzberg records 10147 


 

 

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