Matthias KrügerComposer


Next concert

03/08/2018, 07:30 pm | Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY (USA)
renk [ Claudia Chan, pn ]

Other News



09/xx/2018 | Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Utrecht (NL) >>DETAILS
Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux) [ Oerknal! ]
LAL (First Draft) [ Oerknal! ]
New Work [ Slagwerk Den Haag ]
09/08/2018, 2 pm | Muziekbiennale Niederrhein @ Sandbauernhof Liedberg, Korschenbroich (D) >>DETAILS
fuckin' A! [ Xavier Larsson, sax ]
LAL (First Draft) as an audio installation [ ensemble hand werk/recording ]
06/26/2018 | Alte Feuerwache, Cologne (D)
New Work [ ensemble inverspace ]
06/24/2018 | Wabe, Berlin (D)
New Work [ ensemble inverspace ]
05/30/2018, 07:00 pm | '2x hören', Hamburg (D)
Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux) [ ensemble BRuCH ]
05/19/2018, 01:00 pm | Lunch Concert @ Kunststation St. Peter, Cologne (D)
Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux) [ ensemble BRuCH ]
05/14/2018 | Freiburger Hof, Freiburg (D)
New Work _World Premiere [ ensemble inverspace ]
04/05/2018, 07:30 pm | 'Junge Reihe' @ Orangerie Herrenhausen, Hannover (D)
Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux) [ ensemble BRuCH ]
03/22/2018, 3 pm | Manhattan School of Music, New York City, NY (USA)
renk _NYC premiere [ Claudia Chan, pn ]
03/17/2018, 7 pm | Ottawa New Music Creators @Southminster United Church, Ottawa (CAN)
renk _Canadian premiere [ Claudia Chan, pn ]
03/08/2018, 07:30 pm | Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY (USA)
renk [ Claudia Chan, pn ]
02/04/2018, 6 pm | Cologne University of Music, Wuppertal Campus (D)
Die Menschen sind Engel und leben im Himmel [ Krisztián Palágyi, acc ]
01/31/2018, 8:30 pm | Labor Ebertplatz, Cologne (D)
Die Menschen sind Engel und leben im Himmel _World Premiere [ Krisztián Palágyi, acc ] >>FB
01/17/2018, 08 pm | Trinitatis church, Cologne (D)
Die Menschen sind Engel und leben im Himmel _Preview Premiere [ Krisztián Palágyi, acc ]

All Dates


Composer Matthias Krüger was born in Ulm and grew up in Brussels and Trier. He studied music composition at Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik und Tanz and at Columbia University in New York City, as well as French language in Cologne and Sorbonne University in Paris. His principal composition teachers include Krzysztof Meyer, Fabien Lévy and Johannes Schöllhorn. He attended festivals such as the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music 2010 and impuls Academy 2011 in Graz and drawn inspiration from master classes and personal encounters with composers like Hans Abrahamsen, Mark André, Georges Aperghis, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, José-María Sánchez-Verdú and Vladimir Tarnopolski as well as the Composition Seminar of New York University with Nils Vigeland.

He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including from DAAD, the German National Academic Foundation, Berlin’s Mendelssohn competition in 2013, Cologne's Zimmermann award in 2015, the Chevillion-Bonnaud composition prize of the 12th Orléans International Piano Competition in 2016 as well as most recently a nomination for 2018 Gaudeamus Award (pending). Funded by the Art Foundation of Northrhine-Westphalia (D), he was Artist in Residence at Istanbul in Fall 2015.

He received commissions from Westfalen Classics 2017, NewTalents Biennale Cologne 2014, and Young Euro Classic Berlin 2013, among others, as well as from soloists Xavier Larsson Paez (saxophone), Claudia Chan (piano) and Krisztián Palágyi (accordion). Matthias' music has been performed by ensemble ascolta (Stuttgart), Ma'alot wind quintet, ensemble hand werk, mam.manufaktur für aktuelle musik, Ensemble BRuCH , Fukio Ensemble (all Cologne), IEMA ensemble (Frankfurt), PluralEnsemble (Madrid), and Meitar Ensemble (Tel Aviv), among others, in Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the US, as part of festivals such as ECLAT Stuttgart, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Festival de Royaumont, Northwestern University New Music Conference 2014, and Mallorca Saxophone Festival, and in venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, and Carnegie Hall New York.
Furthermore his music has been featured on German radio stations such as Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandradio Kultur, WDR 3, SWR 2 and KölnCampus. In January 2017 his composition LAL (First Draft) has been released on ensemble hand werk's first album "Kurzwelle".

He is currently based in Cologne where he works as a composer and part-time at the Institute of Musicology of Bonn University.


  • New Work.
    For Percussion Ensemble.
    Commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek. World premiere by Slagwerk Den Haag scheduled for September 2018 in Utrecht (NL).
  • New Work.
    For flute, saxophone, keyboards, percussion and electronics.
    Commissioned by Ensemble Inverspace. World premiere scheduled for 05/14/2018 in Freiburg (D).
  • Die Menschen sind Engel und leben im Himmel. For accordion.
    Commissioned by Krisztián Palágyi. Preview premiere scheduled for 01/17/2018 at Trinitatis Church (Cologne, D).
  • Patterns, patterns, oh, to break those chains. For wind quintet. (20')
    Commissioned by Ma'alot wind quintet. Premiered on 05/28/2017 at Rittergut Störmede (Geseke, D) as part of WestfalenClassics music festival.)
    on Soundcloud
  • le vide à perdre. For prepared trumpet, prepared trombone, bass drum, drum set, synthesizer, electric guitar, electric cello and live-electronics.
    Commissioned by ensemble ascolta. Premiered by the same under the baton of Nicolas Kok 02/05/2017 at Theaterhaus Stuttgart as part of ECLAT festival.)
    auf Soundcloud auf YouTube
  • Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux). For soprano, alto flute (doubling piccolo), prepared cello and prepared piano.
    Commissioned by the ensemble BRuCH. Premiered on 10/06/2016 at Stadtgarten Cologne as part of the concert series Tripclubbing.)
    on Soundcloud on YouTube
  • Hier war Blau, hier war Gelb, hier war Grün. For flute, clarinet and grand piano.
    Written for Meitar Ensemble. Premiered on 07/14/2016 at Felicja Blumental Music Center Tel Aviv at part of the Tzlil Meudcan Summer Academy and Festival.)
    on Soundcloud
  • LAL (First Draft). For flute (doubling piccolo), bass clarinet, tulum, percussion, amateur accordionist, violin and microtonal melodicas (six players). (9')
    Commissioned by ON.Neue Musik Köln. Premiered by ensemble hand werk on 01/18/2016 at the studio of the ensemble Musikfabrik Cologne.
    auf Soundcloud
  • renk. For grand piano. (9')
    Commissioned by pianist Claudia Chan. Premiered on 01/15/2016 at Loft Cologne.
    on Soundcloud on YouTube auf YouTube
  • Wie ein Stück Fett. For voice and prepared piano. (5')
  • nun schauervoll einmalig blickt es mich an. For viola and accordion. (17')
    Premiere of the Second Part on 06/20/2015 at Salone di Palazzo Ricci in Montepulciano (I) performed by Marina Eichberg (va) and Krisztián Palágyi (acc); premiere of the complete and revised piece on 10/28/2015 at Kunststation St. Peter Cologne performed by Werner Dickel (va) and Krisztián Palágyi (acc).

    auf Soundcloud auf YouTube
  • rast. Revised version for 8 (prepared) trombones and museum interior. (16')
    Premiered by the trombone ensemble of Cologne University of Music on 11/18/2014 at Siegburger Stadtmuseum as part of the laureats' concert of Siegburg Composition Competition 2014.
    on Soundcloud
  • WIMP. For six players and prepared solo double-bell trumpet doubling alphorn. (22')
    Commissioned by New Talents Biennale Cologne 2014. Premiered by mam.manufaktur für aktuelle musik (Paul Hübner, tr) conducted by Susanne Blumenthal on 05/23/2014 at Kunststation St. Peter Cologne.
    on Soundcloud on YouTube
  • fuckin' A! For alto saxophone. (11')
    Commissioned by saxophonist Xavier Larsson. Premiered by himself on 06/23/2014 at the Concert Hall of Cologne University of Music.
    on Soundcloud auf Soundcloud on YouTube on YouTube
  • wisp. For thundersheet and jazz-brushes. (11')
    Commissioned by YoungEuroClassics. Premiered by Se-Mi Hwang on 07/28/2013 at Werner-Otto-Saal of Konzerthaus Berlin.
    on YouTube
  • rast. For 7 (prepared) trombones and church interior. (12')
    Commissioned by Romanischer Sommer Köln. Premiered by the trombone ensemble of Cologne University of Music on 07/07/2013 at St. Pantaleon Köln.
  • torque. For 14 instruments. (24')
    Premiered by Ensemble Sinfonietta (University of Music Trossingen) conducted by Sven Thomas Kiebler on 10/18/2013 at Erich-Kästner-Halle Donaueschingen as part of Donaueschinger Musiktage.
    on Soundcloud
  • the machinery I have made. For bass carinet, violoncello, grand piano and an agency of another kind. (15')
    Premiered by the ensemble of the International Ensemble Modern Academy conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni on 01/19/2013 at Joseph-Joachim-Saal of Berlin University of the Arts as part of the laureats' concert of Felix-Mendelssohn-Bartholdy competition 2013.
    on Soundcloud
  • Festinger's Færce. For baritone saxophone and live-electronics. (11')
    Premiered by Philippe Bouveret (Matthias Krüger/Hans Tutschku, sound dir) on 03/23/2012 at Miller Theatre New York as part of the festival Ghost in the Instrument at Columbia University.
  • récital pour une femme seule. For 4-channel tape, talkbox and female. (11')
    Premiered by Marlene Zilias (Matthias Krüger/Marcel Schmidt, sound dir) on 05/09/2011 at Alter Wartesaal Köln as part of Acht Brücken. Musik für Köln festival. Electronic sounds produced at the former Electronic Music studio of WDR under the technical supervision of Volker Müller.
    on Soundcloud
  • à portée de souffle. For saxophone quartet. (16')
    Premiered by Fukio Ensemble on 03/26/2013 at Auditori del Conservatori de les Illes Baleras, Palma de Mallorca (E) as part of 5th Mallorca Saxophone Festival.
    auf Soundcloud
  • conTemp[s]lations. For organ (with mechanical stop actions). (16')
    Premiered by Nikolai Bogdanovskiy on 05/25/2010 at Tyska Kirkan Stockholm (SE) as part of Ljudoljud festival.
    on Soundcloud
  • Tiraillements. For 8 instruments. (9')
    Premiered by a students' ensemble conducted by the composer on 07/11/2011 at Cologne University of Music (Concert Hall).
  • Voûte déborde le gaz. For solo piano. (9')
    Premiered by Nuno Pereira (pn) on 11/24/2010 at Cologne University of Music (Chamber Music Hall).
  • εx•isto•ire. For orchestra. (14')
    Premiered by a students' orchestra conducted by Thomas Jung on 02/03/2010 at Cologne University of Music (Concert Hall).
  • Le Dormeur du Val. Song for soprano, violoncello and piano based upon the sonnet by Arthur Rimbaud. (9')
    Premiered by Manon Blanc-Delsalle (sop), Dorukhan Doruk (vc) and the composer (pn) on 11/24/2010 at Cologne University of Music (Chamber Music Hall).
  • 4 Epigramme. For solo piano. (7')
    Premiered by the composer on 01/07/2008 at Cologne University of Music (Chamber Music Hall).


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