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Nikolaus Brass

Nikolaus Brass was born in Lindau in 1949. He studied medicine first in Munich and later in Berlin, while also taking private lessons in composition with Peter Kiesewetter at the Musikhochschule in Munich and Helmut Lachenmann in Hanover and attending lessons in composition with Frank Michael Beyer at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. Between 1978 and 1986 he attended the Darmstadt Summer Courses where he encountered Morton Feldmann.
Since 1981, Brass has published a large number of compositions which have been performed at the Gaudeamus Music Festival in Holland, the Donaueschinger Musiktagen, musica viva in Munich and elsewhere. World premieres of his works have been performed by orchestras including the SWR Symphony Orchestra and the SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.
In recent years Nikolaus Brass has increasingly devoted himself to stage projects. In 2012 his music theatre nucleus memory received its world premiere as part of the Munich Biennale. Since 2012 his scenic project ‘Dialoghi d'amore IX - Orte für Musik’ has been performed in Düsseldorf, Munich and Dortmund as part of the collaborative work ‘Das Innere des Äußeren’.
Nikolaus Brass was awarded the Music Prize of the Regional Capital Munich in 2009, ten years after winning its prize for an emerging artist. His works are available on many CD recordings.