Detlef Heusinger

Portrait of telefon Heusinger
Biography

Detlef Heusinger, born 1956 in Frankfurt am Main, is one of the most versatile composers of his generation. He studied composition, conducting, musicology, German literature and philosophy as well as guitar, lute and piano at the music academies in Bremen, Cologne and Freiburg and at the Albert Ludwigs University in Freiburg. His most important teachers were Hans Werner Henze and Klaus Huber (composition), Francis Travis (conducting) and Hubert Käppel (guitar). For his compositional activity he has received numerous prizes such as the Music Prize of the City of Stuttgart and scholarships such as those of the Villa Massimo (Rome), the Cité des Arts (Paris), the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of the SWF (Freiburg) and the Baldreit-Scholarship (Baden-Baden). He has taught at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen from 1990 to 1996 and led a conducting class at the Mürztaler Musikwerkstatt. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Harvard University, Goldsmith University and the Université de Montreal, among others. Since 2006 Detlef Heusinger ist he art director of the SWR Experimental Studio. Since 2009 he is the director of the Ensemble Experimental, with which he recorded Luigi Nono's »Risonanze Erranti« for the NEOS label for the first time (awarded the German Record Prize in 2011).