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Mike Svoboda

Photo Mike Svoboda (2014, ©: Michael Fritschi)
b. 1960


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Trombone player and composer Mike Svoboda grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982 * worked for eleven years with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 80s and 90s * has premiered over 400 works for trombone at festivals throughout the world * returned to composition only after ending his work with Stockhausen * composes across the borders between popular and classical music, high culture and entertainment, combining - through the use of text and various musical styles - both traditional and avant-garde * has received commissions from festivals and opera houses such as the ECLAT festival Stuttgart, The State Opera Hannover, The National Theater Mannheim and the State Opera in Stuttgart* major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence * often is involved in his works as a soloist or with his own Mike Svoboda Ensemble * numerous CDs, mainly for the WERGO label, document his art both as an interpreter and composer* was awarded the Praetorius Prize for Innovation in Music from the German government in 2008

Works by Mike Svoboda include:
Wittgenstein & Twombly (2017) Concerto for saxophone and orchestra
Once Around the World  (2016/17) for narrator, grammophone, film and musicicans 
The Incredible Spotz (2007) Music theatre pieces for young audiences
Music for Trombone and Orchestra (2010)
Looking Ahead: new production of The Incredible Spotz at Berliner State Opera (Nov/Dec 2017); new saxophone concerto Wittgenstein & Twombly for the 150th anniversary of Basle Musikakademie, commissioned together with ECLAT Festival Stuttgart (WP 2018)
Please also visit Mike Svoboda's website at
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