He finished his studies in composition with Helmut Lachenmann at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart from 1992-95. Among his honors are the Arbeitsstipendium from the city of Vienna (1987, 1994), a prize at the Forum junger Komponisten (1992), the Staatsstipendium der Republik Österreich für Komposition (1993, 1999), and the Jahresstipendium des Landes Salzburg für Komposition (1995). More recently, he has received the Publicity-Preis of the SKE-Fond (1997), the Förderungspreis from the city of Vienna (1997) and the Erste Preis (2003). Deutschlandradio Berlin, Donaueschingen, ensemble recherche, Klangforum Wien, the Musikbiennale Berlin, ORF, the Salzburg Festival, Sender Freies Berlin, Steirischer Herbst, SWF, Trio Accanto, and the Wiener Konzerthaus-Gesellschaft have commissioned works from him. His works have been performed at Darmstadt, Donaueschingen, the ISCM World Music Days (1994, Stockholm), and the Salzburg Festival, as well as two portrait concerts at the Hörgänge festival (2001, 2003). He is also active in other positions.
During his student years, he was active as a flautist in numerous ensembles and orchestras, including Klangforum Wien from 1989-92. He co-founded with Florian E. Müller the ensemble neue musik – wien in 1990, which performs a wide variety of new works, including some involving intermedia, and co-founded with Ilse Kilic, Lisa Spalt and Fritz Widhalm the association .werkschaft in Vienna in 2001, which promotes new artistic endeavors. He has also been involved in the organization of various concert series and new music events, including the six-day multimedia festival SALON13 in collaboration with Lisa Spalt (2000).
In addition, he served as editor of the twice-yearly music journal ton in Vienna from 1995-2000 and has written essays for numerous music publications, as well as the books tag day. ein schreibspiel (2000, with Lisa Spalt, edition gegesaetze) and Stellwerk I (2002, with Ilse Kilic, Lisa Spalt and Fritz Widhalm, edition ch). He has taught at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna since 1995 and the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Graz since 1998. He has also lectured in Germany, including once at Darmstadt in 1994. Read more on Last.fm.
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