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Artistic Director of the Munich Biennale 

 

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Biography English

Peter Ruzicka was born in Duesseldorf on July 3, 1948. He received his early musical training (piano, oboe and composition) at the Hamburg Conservatory. Studies in composition with Hans Werner Henze and Hans Otte. He studied law and musicology in Munich, Hamburg and Berlin (doctoral thesis: Berlin, 1977).


The list of his compositions includes numerous orchestral and chamber works as well as the operas Celan, premiered in Dresden in 2001, and Hölderlin, premiered at the Berlin State Opera in 2008.


Peter Ruzicka was appointed professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg in 1990. The composer is a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and of the Free Academy of Arts in Hamburg.
Peter Ruzicka was artistic director of the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1987 and director of the Hamburg State Opera and the State Philharmonic Orchestra from 1988 to 1997. Moreover, he was Artistic Advisor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 he was named President of the Bavarian Theatre Academy. From 2001 to 2006, Ruzicka took over the Artistic Directorship of the Salzburg Festival. At present he is artistic director of the Munich Biennale having succeeded Hans Werner Henze in 1996.

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Biography German

Peter Ruzicka wurde am 3. Juli 1948 in Düsseldorf geboren. An seine instrumentale und theoretische Ausbildung am Hamburger Konservatorium (Klavier, Oboe, Kompositionstheorie) schlossen sich Kompositionsstudien bei Hans Werner Henze und Hans Otte an. Er studierte Rechts- und Musikwissenschaften in München, Hamburg und Berlin und promovierte 1977 mit einer interdisziplinären Dissertation über das “ewige Urheberpersönlichkeitsrecht”.


Für seine Kompositionen erhielt er zahlreiche Preise und Auszeichnungen (u.a. UNESCO-Preis "International Rostrum of Composers", Paris; Louis Spohr Musikpreis). Peter Ruzickas Werke wurden von führenden Orchestern und Ensembles wie den Berliner Philharmonikern, den Wiener Philharmonikern, allen deutschen Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchestern, der Staatskapelle Dresden, den Münchener Philharmonikern, den Bamberger Symphonikern, dem Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, dem Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, dem Concertgebouw-Orchester Amsterdam, dem Philharmonia Orchestra London, dem Orchestre Philharmonique de Paris, der Tschechischen Philharmonie, dem RSO Wien, dem Israel Philharmonic Orchestra und dem New York Philharmonic Orchestra aufgeführt.

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