Detlev Glanert

Viewing the romantic tradition from a modern vantage point means a great deal to contemporary composer Detlev Glanert.


Born in Hamburg, he studied in his native city with Dieter de la Motte from 1980 to 1981, and from 1982 to 1984 with Günter Friedrichs, Further studies then took Glanert for four further years to Hans Werner Henze in Cologne. He spent the period between 1992 until 1993 as a guest at the Villa Massimo in Rome.


Today Glanert ranks among the most-performed German composers of his generation. His previous catalogue comprises a number of operas as well as chamber music works and orchestral compositions.


For his opera "Der Spiegel des großen Kaisers" ("The Great Emperor´s Mirror"), op. 24, which he wrote between 1989 and 1993, he received the Rolf Liebermann Prize, and in 2001, he was awarded the Bavarian Theatre Prize for his opera "Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung" ("Banter, Satire, Irony and Deeper Significance") (2000).


The music of Gustav Mahler and Maurice Ravel has exercised a great influence on Glanert´s creativity. In his First Symphony, op. 6, written 1985, Glanert quotes from Mahler´s "Das Lied von der Erde". He claims an even deeper relationship to Mahler in his "Mahler/Skizze" ("Mahler/Sketch") for ensemble, written four years later. But Ravel´s tonal sensuality has also left its mark on Glanert´s music. A reference to Henze´s musical language can often be found in his chamber operas.


One important factor in Glanert´s music is frequently the confrontation of different musical elements, such as music with historical or folk-music origins, which nevertheless do not blend into a unity.


Born on September 6, 1960, in Hamburg