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 orchestral work Play premiered by Jugend Sinfonieorchester Zürich, followed by European tour (Oct); artist-in-residence with the Neubrandenburger Philharmonie in the 2021/22 season, with 14 concerts including performances of his works Love Hurts, Homo Ludens, Play and Once Around the World.