Artist© Frederike Wetzels
The German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf has internalized referentiality as a compositional principle in her music (music to kin) and creates a multi-layered web of analog-digital musical modes of expression. Her settings range from instrumental, choral, and orchestral music to transdigital music/dance theater and 3D sound/AR installations. She often works in collaborative production forms and artisticscientific collaborations such as with Ensemble Modern, d&b audio, Stephanie Thiersch (choreography), Sou Fujimoto (architecture).
In recent years she has focused on large stage productions such as ARCHIPEL (Ruhrtriennale/Theater der Welt, Tanz im August), a music-dance theater for choir, ensemble, dancers and 3D-Sound/electronics in collaboration with choreographer Stephanie Thiersch and Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto or MELENCOLIA, a transdigital music theatre for Ensemble Modern (Bregenzer Festspiele). Muntendorf lived in artist residencies of the Cité Internationale des Arts and the Villa Kamogawa in Paris and Kyoto, received the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Young Composer’s Prize and the German Young Music Authors Award of GEMA. In 2023 her Trilogy for Two Pianos and live electronics (GrauSchumacher Piano Duo) was awarded with the German Record Critics’ Award.
Her works are played by renowned ensembles like Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Mocrep Chicago or Les Siècles and shown by festivals worldwide such as Ruhrtriennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Tanz im August, Münchner Biennale, Festival d'Automne Paris, Kyoto Experiment, TPAM Festival, ULTIMA Oslo or Warsaw Autumn. Her installations have been presented at Kunsthalle Mannheim, Duolun Museum of Modern Art Shanghai or BANKArt Temporary (Yokohama), among others. As the long-time artistic director of Ensemble Garage and the queer-feminist F*MN Festival (Deutschlandfunk), she staged and produced numerous concerts and festivals. Since 2018 she is professor for composition at the HfMT Cologne.