Bernd Richard Deutsch (born 1977) today numbers among the most internationally successful composers of his generation. His highly virtuosic, playful music is distinguished by “a seemingly almost inexhaustible abundance of vivid musical characters, situations, and gestures” (Die Presse). Among his most important works are subliminal for orchestra, Murales for ensemble and orchestra, Okeanos – Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, Phaenomena – Concerto for Sheng and Orchestra, a triple concerto for trumpet, trombone, and tuba, a concerto for oboe, large-scale ensemble pieces (Mad Dog, Dr. Futurity), and Lingua for 16 voices.
Bernd Richard Deutsch has received commissions from renowned festivals and institutions such as the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, The Cleveland Orchestra, the Bamberger Symphoniker, 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 Asia by orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, the ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tonkünstler-Orchester Lower Austria, and by ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, the Arditti Quartet, the Vokalensemble Stuttgart, and ensemble die reihe. Conductors such as Franz Welser-Möst, Manfred Honeck, Alan Gilbert, Jakub Hruša, François-Xavier Roth, Baldur Brönnimann, Johannes Kalitzke, HK Gruber, Pablo Gonzalez, Stefan Asbury, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Peter Rundel perform his music. The Philharmonia Orchestra London devoted a portrait concert to him in 2017.
From 2018 to 2020, Bernd Richard Deutsch has been working with the Cleveland Orchestra as their Composer Fellow. The US premiere of Okeanos, presented by the orchestra under the baton of Franz Welser-Möst, was released on CD in 2020. Other highlights of the past seasons were performances of Okeanos in Stavanger and Stockholm (including a CD with Iveta Apkalna), the world premiere of his Concerto for Saxophone Quartet and Orchestra at the Leipzig Gewandhaus with the Raschèr Quartet and the premieres of his orchestra work Phantasma in Bamberg, Amsterdam and Liverpool. Highlights of the 2023/24 include the German premiere of his Cello Concerto, composed for soloist Johannes Moser at the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and performances of Okeanos at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Bernd Richard Deutsch has received numerous awards for his works, such as the Australian Paul Lowin Prize for Orchestral Composition in 2015. This was preceded, among other things, by the Paul Hindemith Prize in 2014, the Erste Bank Composition Prize in 2013, second prize of the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in 2011, the composition prize of the Bregenz Festival in 2011, a state scholarship for composition in 2010 (and again in 2017), and the Advancement Prize for Music of the City of Vienna in 2009. In 2016 he was a fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
Bernd Richard Deutsch studied composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where he now lives as a freelance composer. Since 2014 his works have been published by Boosey & Hawkes.
Updated Aug 2023 (translation: Howard Weiner)
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