Alumni of the Cologne University of Music

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  1. Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Karlheinz Stockhausen


    Karlheinz Stockhausen (22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important (Barrett 1988, 45; Harvey 1975b, 705; Hopkins 1972, 33; Klein 1968, 117) but also controversial (Power 1990, 30) composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Another critic calls him "one of the great visionaries of 20th-century music" (Hewett 2007). He is known for his groundbreaking work in electronic music, aleatory (controlled chance) in serial composition, and musical spatialization.

  2. Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck


    Engelbert Humperdinck (1 September 1854 – 27 September 1921) was a German composer, best known for his opera Hänsel und Gretel. Humperdinck was born at Siegburg in the Rhine Province and died at the age of 67 in Neustrelitz, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

  3. Hedy Iracema-Brügelmann

    Hedy Iracema-Brügelmann


    Hedy Iracema-Brügelmann (1879–1941) was a German operatic soprano of Brazilian birth. In 1916, she was awarded the Charlottenkreuz.

  4. Pietari Inkinen

    Pietari Inkinen


    Pietari Inkinen (born 29 April 1980, Kouvola, Finland) is a Finnish violinist and conductor. He began violin and piano studies at age 4. As a youth, he also performed in a rock band. He attended the Sibelius Academy and graduated with diplomas in violin (2003) and conducting (2005). He studied violin at the Hochschule für Musik Köln with Zakhar Bron. Inkinen has performed on a Carlo Bergonzi 1732 violin. He leads a chamber trio, the Inkinen Trio.

  5. Bernd Alois Zimmermann

    Bernd Alois Zimmermann


    Bernd Alois Zimmermann (20 March 1918, Bliesheim, Rhine Province – 10 August 1970, Königsdorf (Frechen); full name Bernhard Alois Zimmermann) was a West German composer. He is perhaps best known for his opera Die Soldaten, which is regarded as one of the most important German operas of the 20th century, after those of Berg. As a result of his individual style, it is hard to label his music as avant-garde, serial or postmodern. His music employs a wide range of methods including the twelve-tone row and musical quotation.

  6. Hugo Chaim Adler

    Hugo Chaim Adler


    Hugo Chaim Adler (17 January 1894, Antwerp – 24 December 1955, Worcester, Massachusetts) was a Belgian composer, cantor, and choir conductor. Born in Antwerp to Jewish parents, Adler studied at the Hochschule für Musik Köln from 1912-1915. In 1915 he was drafted into the German Army during the First World War; serving for three years in the infantry until he was wounded at Argonne. In 1918 he was appointed cantor and teacher at St. Wendel in the Saarland. He left there in September 1921 to become second cantor at the synagogue in Mannheim, rising to head cantor there in 1933. While in Mannheim he studied music composition at the Mannheim Conservatory with Ernst Toch from 1924-1926. In 1939 he fled Germany for the United States after having been imprisoned due to his Jewish ancestry by the Nazi regime. From September 1939 until his death of cancer in December 1955 he was cantor of Temple Emanuel in Worcester, Massachusetts. He remained active as a choir conductor and composer of sacred music during these years. Several of his works were published by Sacred Music Press and Transcontinental Music Publishers in New York City. He is the father of composer and conductor Samuel Adler.

  7. Franz-Paul Decker

    Franz-Paul Decker


    Franz-Paul Decker (June 22, 1923 – May 19, 2014) was a German-born conductor.

  8. Aloys and Alfons Kontarsky

    Aloys and Alfons Kontarsky


    Aloys (born 14 May 1931) and Alfons (9 October 1932 – 5 May 2010) Kontarsky were German duo-pianist brothers who were associated with a number of important world premieres of contemporary works. They had an international reputation for performing modern music for two pianists, although they also performed the standard repertoire and they sometimes played separately. They were occasionally joined by their younger brother Bernhard in performances of pieces for three pianos. After suffering a stroke in 1983, Aloys retired from performing.

  9. Steffen Schleiermacher

    Steffen Schleiermacher


    Steffen Schleiermacher (born Halle, 3 May 1960) is a German composer, pianist, and conductor.

  10. Sayaka Shoji

    Sayaka Shoji


    Sayaka Shoji (庄司 紗矢香 Shōji Sayaka, born 30 January 1983) is a Japanese classical violinist. She was the first Japanese and youngest winner (after Lenuta Ciulei) at the Paganini Competition in Genoa in 1999.

  11. Karl Aagard Østvig

    Karl Aagard Østvig


    Karl Aagaard Østvig (sometimes Germanized to Oestvig) (17 May 1889 - 21 July 1968) was a Norwegian operatic tenor, opera director, and voice teacher. The Norwegian Music History Archive states that he is the greatest dramatic tenor in Norwegian history, and that he was particularly admired for his portrayals in operas by Giacomo Puccini, Richard Strauss and above all Richard Wagner. His voice was described by soprano Lotte Lehmann as "a dazzling meteor". Although he toured internationally in concerts, operas, and recitals, his singing career was mainly centered in Austria and Germany from his debut in 1914 up until his retirement from the stage in 1933. From 1932 on he lived in Oslo where he was primarily active as an opera director and singing teacher. He made only a few recordings during his career, all for Polydor Records.

  12. Michael Obst (composer)

    Michael Obst (composer)


    Michael Obst (born 30 November 1955) is a German composer and pianist.

  13. Mesías Maiguashca

    Mesías Maiguashca


    Mesías Maiguashca (born 24 December 1938), is an Ecuadorian composer, an advocate of the new music, especially electroacoustic music.

  14. Jürg Baur

    Jürg Baur


    Jürg Baur (11 November 1918 – 31 January 2010) was a German composer of classical music.

  15. Asier Polo

    Asier Polo


    Asier Polo is a Spanish cellist.

  16. Willy Decker (director)

    Willy Decker (director)


    Willy Decker (born 1950) is a German theatre director, particularly known for his opera productions. He staged the world premieres of Hans Werner Henze's Pollicino (Montepulciano, 1980), Antonio Bibalo's Macbeth (Oslo, 1990), and Aribert Reimann's Das Schloss (The Castle) (Berlin, 1992).

  17. Theo Altmeyer

    Theo Altmeyer


    Theo Altmeyer (16 March 1931 – 28 July 2007) was a German classical tenor. Although he was a successful opera singer, he is chiefly remembered for his work as an oratorio soloist. He possessed a rich and lyrical voice that he employed with great expression and nuance.

  18. Markus Stockhausen

    Markus Stockhausen


    Markus Pirol Stockhausen (born May 2, 1957) is a German trumpeter and composer.

  19. Eberhard Werdin

    Eberhard Werdin


    Eberhard Werdin (19 October 1911 in Spenge – 25 May 1991 in Weilheim in Oberbayern) was a German composer and writer on music.

  20. Tobias Kassung

    Tobias Kassung


    Tobias Kassung (born 1977) is a German classical guitarist and composer. He studied with Prof. Hubert Käppel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln and continued his studies with Simon Dinnigan at the UCE Birmingham Conservatoire of Music and with Antigoni Goni at the Conservatoire royal de Bruxelles. He is founder and Artistic Director of the Cologne Classical Ensemble (Kölner Klassik Ensemble). Between 2005 and 2008 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Cologne. In 2009 he founded, with Hubert Käppel KSG Exaudio, a new label especially for guitar music. He is performing as soloist, with the Cologne Classical Ensemble, the Astor Trio and in different duo combinations. He has released recordings with Sony Classical and KSG Exaudio and has been broadcast on several TV and radio stations, e. g. ARD, WDR, HR, Bayrische Rundfunk and SWR. His arrangements and compositions have been published by Tonos (Darmstadt) and KSG Edition (Köln).

  21. Graham Waterhouse

    Graham Waterhouse


    Graham Waterhouse (born 2 November 1962) is an English composer and a cellist. He is known for chamber music and for unusual scoring, such as Bright Angel for three bassoons and contrabassoon, Chieftain's Salute for Great Highland Bagpipe and string orchestra, and works for speaking voice and cello, such as Der Handschuh. For his own instrument, he composed a cello concerto and Three Pieces for Solo Cello. He wrote string quartets and compositions which juxtapose it with a solo instrument, including Piccolo Quintet, Bassoon Quintet and Rhapsodie Macabre

  22. Vivian Dunn

    Vivian Dunn


    Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Francis Vivian Dunn KCVO OBE FRSA (24 December 1908—3 April 1995) was the Director of Music of the Portsmouth Division of the Royal Marines from 1931 to 1953 and Principal Director of Music of the Royal Marines from 1953 to 1968. He was the first British Armed Forces musician to be knighted.

  23. Thomas Lehn

    Thomas Lehn


    Thomas Lehn (born 1958) is a German-born piano and synthesizer player active in free improvisation and contemporary music.

  24. Tadashi Sasaki (musician)

    Tadashi Sasaki (musician)

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    Tadashi Sasaki is a classical guitarist born in Tokyo, Japan. Today he lives in Germany, where he is a professor at "Hochschule für Musik Köln - Standort Aachen" in Aachen.

  25. Otto Gerdes

    Otto Gerdes


    Otto Gerdes (born January 20, 1920 in Cologne and died June 15, 1989) was a German conductor and record producer.

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