Professor Gerhard Müller-Hornbach

Professor Gerhard Müller-Hornbach

music theory

Gerhard Müller-Hornbach graduated from Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts and Johann Wolfgang Goethe University. He also took courses with Hans Ulrich Engelmann, Isang Yun, Brian Ferneyhough, Gerard Grisey, Cristobal Halffter and Helmut Lachenmann.

Alongside his work as a composer he also works as a conductor and teacher. In 1982 he and Claus Kühnl founded the Mutare Ensemble. Gerhard Müller-Hornbach is associated with many projects and is a keen advocate of teaching contemporary music to children and teenagers. His music and his artistic impact as a conductor have been documented in many radio recordings as well as on numerous CDs.

In 1981 Gerhard Müller-Hornbach was awarded the Villa Massimo Rome Prize as well as the Vaillant Composition Award at the Bergische Biennale. In 2009 the President of the Federal Republic of Germany conferred on him the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (Cross of the Order of Merit).

He has been teaching composition and music theory at Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts since 1981. He heads the composition department and is in charge of the Master’s programme at the International Ensemble Modern Academy. In 2005 he helped to establish the Institute of Contemporary Music and currently chairs its Board of Directors. He has been teaching music theory and aural skills in Kronberg Academy’s Bachelor programme since 2016.

Last updated: April 2017