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Elmar Lampson

Born in Koblenz in 1952, studied composition and violin at the conservatories in Hannover and Würzburg.

After studying composition with Alfred Koerppen he worked as a freelance composer, conductor and cultural events manager, which included e. g. the establishment of the Orchester-Akademie in Hamburg, collaborations as conductor with composers such as Frank-Michael Beyer, Alfred Schnittke, György Ligeti, Sofia Gubaidulina and Arvo Pärt, engagements as guest conductor with various German and East European orchestras, numerous concert tours as composer and conductor in most European countries and in Russia, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan.  

He was also active as a teacher and lecturer, and was one of the founders of Musikseminar Hamburg and of the festival “Hörwelten – Hamburger Begegnung im Zeichen zeitgenössischer Musik,” which was held annually from 1989 through 1998. In 1997 Lampson was appointed professor of ensemble conducting/New Music at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater. In 1998 he received the appointment as professor of phenomenology of music at the University of Witten/Herdecke, where he was the dean of the faculty of general studies from 1998 through 2004; he still holds the chair of phenomenology of music. Since the fall of 2004 Elmar Lampson holds the office of the president of the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater; he also teaches there as a professor of composition and theory. He has also held master classes at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and the Moscow Conservatory.  

His oeuvre as a composer includes chamber music, works for soloists and ensembles, orchestral and choir music, and an opera. Lampson’s works have been presented at many international festivals and have been performed by major conductors, orchestras, soloists and ensembles in Europe, America and Asia. In 2011 Elmar Lampson received the Dr. Günther Buch Award and in summer 2012 he was appointed a member of the Freie Akademie der Künste in Hamburg.

Elmar Lampson
The pieces of music Elmar Lampson wrote based on Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas are beautifully composed studies of different realities. 
Elmar Lampson
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