Michael Langemann is a composer, music theorist and conductor born in Moscow. His works were performed by, among others, the London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, NDR-Chor, German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
So far, he has written four operas. The latest, Anna Toll based on Schnitzlers Anatol-Cycle, premiered at Oper Frankfurt, the Opera House of the Year 2016. The chamber opera Persona, based on the script by Ingmar Bergman, was commissioned by State Opera Hamburg in 2015. Oper Köln presented the dramatic opera Musik after Frank Wedekind‘s play of the same title, with a libretto by the young German author Helene Hegemann in 2013.
Michael is currently pursuing his doctoral dissertation Studien zu einer neuen Instrumentationslehre under Prof. Dr. Clemens Kühn. A textbook on instrumentation is in preparation and shall be published as part of the series Grundlagen der Musik (Laaber Verlag). In 2016, Michael was invited to teach composition and analysis of new music at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt.
In 2009, Michael was awarded the Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize. In 2010, he received the State Prize of North Rhine-Westfalia. Among his numerous honours and awards are scholarships of the German National Academic Foundation and DAAD. In 2010-2012 Michael was a fellow of the Deutsche Bank Foundation’s Academy Opera Today.
Michael has studied composition with George Benjamin (King’s College London), Manfred Trojahn and Tristan Murail (Columbia University New York) and music theory with Friedrich Jaecker. His conducting teacher and mentor was Volker Wangenheim.