Franz Danksagmüller

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Franz Danksagmüller – Live-Electronics and Musical Sound Design

Franz Danksagmüller studied organ, composition and electronic music in Vienna, Linz, Saarbrucken and Paris. He was awarded an Appreciation Award from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research in 1994, and he has won prizes at many international music competitions. He has given concerts with the Wiener Symphoniker, the Camerata Salzburg, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the Orchestra of Birmingham, the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, ‘die reihe’ ensemble and the Arnold Schönberg Choir, and he has worked with many well-known conductors including Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Schønwandt, Erwin Ortner and Ton Koopmann. Franz Danksagmüller lectured at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna from 1995 to 2003. From 1999 to 2005 he was the organist and composer at the cathedral in St. Pölten (Austria). Since 2005 he is professor of organ and improvisation at the University of Music Lübeck. As organist and performer, he gives concerts as a soloist and as a member of various music ensembles. His compositions are performed at prestigious organ competitions and festivals, including Innsbruck (2016) and Alkmaar (2016, 2017), the Rainy Days Festival at the Philharmonie Luxembourg (2012), the Carinthischer Sommer (2015) and the International Kyma Sound Symposium in Montana (2015) and Leicester (2016). As a passionate crossover artist, Franz Danksagmüller employs historical composition techniques as well as collaborating with scientists, including academics at the Uniklinik Lübeck and CERN in Geneva. In his genre-spanning projects, Franz Danksagmüller works in collaboration with very different artistic personalities, including vocalist Lauren Newton, Armenian duduk player Gevorg Dabaghyan, the composer and creator of Kyma, Carla Scaletti, bass-baritone Klaus Mertens, light artist Viktoria Coeln, composer Karlheinz Essl and architectural firm soan. Live musical performances in different ensembles at silent films are another key element of his work.