Bernd Richard Deutsch (born 1977) today numbers among the internationally respected composers of his generation. His highly virtuoso, playful, partially also ironic music is distinguished by “a seemingly almost inexhaustible abundance of vivid musical characters, situations, and gestures” (Die Presse) that immediately connects with the audience. He studied composition at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Among his most important works are subliminal for orchestra, Murales for ensemble and orchestra, Okeanos – Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, a triple concerto for trumpet, trombone, and tuba, a concerto for oboe, large-scale ensemble pieces (Mad Dog, Dr. Futurity), Lingua for 16 voices, chamber music for various formations (including two string quartets, Curriculum vitae – Monumentum pro Ingeborg Bachmann for piano trio, ictus II for two pianos and two percussionists), and for piano and other solo pieces.
Bernd Richard Deutsch has received commissions from renowned festivals and institutions such as Wien Modern, ECLAT Stuttgart, Klangspuren Schwaz, the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, the ORF, musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, the Staatstheater Stuttgart, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. His works have been performed in Europe, the USA, and Japan by orchestras including the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Staatsorchester Stuttgart, the New World Symphony, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Odense Symphony Orchestra, and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Lower Austria, and by ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, the Arditti Quartet, the Aleph Guitar Quartet, the Vokalensemble Stuttgart, and ensemble die reihe. Conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Johannes Kalitzke, HK Gruber, Thierry Fischer, Stefan Asbury, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Christian Muthspiel have devoted themselves to his music. The Philharmonia Orchestra London devoted a portrait concert to him in 2017.
Highlights of the 2018/2019 season are commissioned works for the RSO Vienna and Klangforum, for the Symphony Orchestra of the Hessian Broadcasting Corporation, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra with whom Bernd Richard Deutsch is associated as “fellow composer.”
Bernd Richard Deutsch has received numerous awards for his works, most recently the Australian Paul Lowin Prize for Orchestral Composition 2015. This was preceded, among other things, by the Paul Hindemith Prize 2014, the Erste Bank Composition Prize 2013, second prize of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award 2011, the composition prize of the Bregenz Festival 2011, the Achievement Prize of the State of Lower Austria 2011, a state scholarship for composition in 2010 (and again in 2017), the Advancement Prize for Music of the City of Vienna 2009, the Advancement Prize for Music of the Republic of Austria 2003, the Ernst Krenek Prize of the City of Vienna 2002, and second prize at the composition competition “Biennale Neue Musik Hannover” 1997. In 2016 he was a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
Bernd Richard Deutsch lives as a freelance composer in Vienna. Since 2014 his works have been published by Boosey & Hawkes.
June 2018 (translation: Howard Weiner)
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