English Biography

German Biography

Born in 1978, Benedikt Schiefer graduated in composition from the Conservatory in Munich and from the Academy of music in Basel.

He received the city of Munich’s Richard Strauss Stipendium, was invited at the festival of young artists in Bayreuth, composer in residence at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. He was nominated for the Prix France Musique SACEM de la musique de Film, awarded the Special Prize, Giga-Hertz Award from the ZKM Karlsruhe and the german film critics award. He was guest artist at the IMAtronic festival and his project was chosen at the „Internationale Plattform Neues Musiktheater 2014“.

His work leads from classical compositions with or without live electronics to film music, in which his contemporary music becomes soundtracks. Furthermore sound installations belong to Schiefer’s field of work. His „algorithmic composing media installation“ Gesture was shown at the Galerie New Jerseyy in Basel in 2009. In 2010 he was commissioned the musical concept, planning and sound design for the Swiss pavilion at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai. With his work „Brücken/Schlagen„ (Music maneuvers) Schiefer connected his ideas of „space as compositional parameters“ and „composition as environment“ in a conceptual composition for 120 Basler drummers and live electronic performance.

His works have been performed amongst others by Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble Wiener Collage, Ensemble Gelberklang, Neue Vocalsolisten, Gavriel Lipkind, Alexander Gilman, Simon Breyer, Stefan Blum, Thomas Hitzlberger, Samuel Stoll at diverse festivals, like Biennale München, IMAtronic Festival, Wien Modern, Weltmusiktage, Akademie Musiktheater heute, Musik der Jahrhunderte, Musikfest Bremen, Ludwigsburger Festival für Neue Musik, ADevantgarde Festival, Festival Europäische Wochen Passau, Italienische Nacht München and in venues, like ZKM, Musikverein Wien, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Theater Basel, deSingel Antwerpen, Kammerspiele Hamburg, Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Residenztheater München, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Stadttheater Bern, Gare du Nord Basel, Walcheturm Zürich, Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste und Gasteig Munich.

From 2006 on he began to dedicate his work to microtonal music using spectral methods. By the experience of experimenting with especially created algorithms, Benedikt also operates with computer-generated structures in order to support his affectation for a reduced aesthetic. With his live performances he expanded his work between „creation and environment“ by acousmatic stage experiences.

Benedikt Schiefer is living in Berlin.

Portrait of Bernd Künzig (SWR 2)

Born in 1978 composer Benedikt Wolfgang Schiefer may be called rightly as an exceptional lateral thinker. And not because he would draw attention with post-avant-garde provocation but by magic sound transformation that makes him assume multiple roles. On the one hand there is the composer, who studied with Georg Friedrich Haas among others. The microtonal sound worlds of his teacher also play a certain role, but in the sense of magical transformation:
Not without reason does he give an alchemistic title „Azoth, oder Das Große Werk“ to his Gigahertz Special Prize funded piano piece. On the other hand Schiefer is also a successful film composer of subtle feature films directed by Christoph Hochhäusler. Furthermore Schiefer occurs with various projects in the very different world of live electronics.