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Biography

  • Born

    1976 (age 43)

  • Born In

    Herne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

Gordon Kampe (b. 1976, Herne, Germany) is a German composer.

After completing an apprenticeship as an electrician, he studied composition with Hans-Joachim Hespos and Adriana Hölszky at the Rostock University of Music and Theatre (1998-2000) and with Nicolaus A. Huber at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen (2000-03). He also studied musicology and history at the Ruhr University in Bochum, where he took his doctorate with a dissertation on 20th-century fairy-tale operas. Since 2009 he has been a scholarly assistant at the Folkwang University, where he is currently completing his inaugural dissertation. He also teaches analysis, composition and music theory, serves as organist for a church congregation in Herne and plays the tárogató.

His music is performed notably by Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Resonanz and the Frankfurt and Stuttgart radio orchestras. He has received many awards and distinctions, including the Folkwang Prize, Franz Liszt Prize, a grant from the Darmstadt Summer Courses, and the Stuttgart Composition Prize. He has also been awarded scholarships from the Berlin Academy of the Arts and grants-in-aid from the Cité des Arts (Paris) and the Schreyahn Künstlerhof, among others. Gordon Kampe lives and works in Essen (Germany).

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