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Helmut Lachenmann
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Helmut Lachenmann

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Helmut Lachenmann (born on November 27, 1935 in Stuttgart,Germany) studied piano, theory, and counterpoint at the Music Conservatory in Stuttgart from 1955 to 1958, and from 1958 to 1960 he studied composition with Luigi Nono in Venice. The first public performances of Lachenmann’s works took place at the Biennale in Venice in 1962 and at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. After teaching at the University in Ludwigsburg, Lachenmann taught as professor for composition at the Music Conservatory in Hannover (1976–81) and in Stuttgart (1981–99). In 2008, Lachenmann was the Fromm Visiting Professor at the Harvard University, and in 2010 he became fellow of the Royal College of Music, London. Lachenmann has received numerous awards for his compositional work, including the Siemens Musikpreis in 1997, the Royal Philharmonic Society Award London in 2004, and the Berliner Kunstpreis and the Leone d’oro of the Biennale di Venezia in 2008. Lachenmann is a honorary doctor at the Music Conservatory Hannover and a member of the Academies of the Arts in Berlin, Brussels, Hamburg, Leipzig, Mannheim, and Munich. His works are performed at many festivals and concert series in Germany and abroad.