Brigitta Muntendorf

With her work as a composer as well as through her artistic direction of the Ensemble Garage, the German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf has pursued a vision of music in which the work with sound and context sits as a social and aesthetic sphere of action in a society shaped by new media phenomena. She established the term ‘social composing’ and appeals to media sensuousness.

Her context-oriented research have resulted in numerous theatrical and trans-medial formats for solo instrument and for orchestra, as well as in inter-disciplinary formations, such as her series Public Privacy, the musical theatre ‘FIGO’ for the Müllersche Volksbad as part of the Munich Biennale, the Social Media Opera ‘iScreen, YouScream!’ (2017), the ‘Ballet für Eleven’ (2018) composed for the Ensemble Modern, and ‘CITY DANCE’ presented with Stephanie Thiersch – a large-scale city happening after Anna Halprin, combining music, dance and community.

Brigitta Muntendorf completed her degree in composition with Younghi Paagh-Paan at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen, as well as with Krzysztof Meyer, Rebecca Saunders and Johannes Schöllhorn at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne. Commissions and performances from leading ensembles in the field of New Music have taken her to international festivals, such as the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Festival d’Automne Paris, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Munich Biennale, Eclat Festival Stuttgart, Ruhrtriennale, Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Warsaw Autumn, Wien modern and Ultraschall Festival Berlin. Grants she received for her work have taken her to the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2010) and the Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto (2017). In 2014 Brigitta Muntendorf was awarded the up-and-coming artist’s prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Most recently, in 2017, she was awarded the Deutscher Musikautorenpreis from GEMA in the young-artist category.

She is also the artistic director of the concert series FRAU MUSICA NOVA at the Deutschlandfunk Köln. Since 2017 she has been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik and Tanz in Cologne as substitute professor.

Brigitta Muntendorf beim Beethovenfest





7:30 pm

Battle of images

  • Asasello Quartett
  • Orchester Les Siècles
  • Benjamin Shwartz Conductor
  • MOUVOIR Kompanie
  • Stephanie Thiersch choreography, director
  • Brigitta Muntendorf music direction, Composition