Dr. Anatol Stefan Riemer

Dr. Anatol Stefan Riemer


Born in Heidelberg in 1970, Dr Anatol Stefan Riemer studied at Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, where he learned composition/electronic composition in the class of Wolfgang Hufschmid and Dirk Reith, music theory with Dieter Torkewitz and musicology with Matthias Brzoska.

He gained a PhD in musicology under Peter Ackermann at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts with a thesis on the compositional technique of Jacques Offenbach (graded summa cum laude). His musicology studies focus primarily on opera in the 19th century, symphonic music and 20th century music.

Riemer’s compositional oeuvre comprises solo, ensemble, orchestral and choral works as well as numerous Lieder. The starting point for these pieces is often provided by literary texts and the works of other composers. Yet, the relationships between his compositions and their “templates” are always re-defined along the way, and ultimately themselves become the focus of the compositional process: whether this be purely setting text to music, Sprachkomposition (phonetic composition), one of various citation and distortion techniques or a process of free reflection.