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impuls . 11th International Ensemble and Composers Academy for Contemporary Music


Graz, February 10th - 22nd, 2019



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Isabel Mundry, composition

"I understand composing as the capturing in sound of a moment (no matter how long) that is multi-layered, that defines and is defined at the same time, through the musical articulation of my individual auditive faculty. ...

Idea and intent, structural matters and compositional action are three inseparable, interlocking aspects; their temporalness emerges from their relativity. In their particular relation lies the uniqueness of a composition." (Isabel Mundry)



Born 1963 in Schlüchtern, Germany. Studied composition, music and art history, as well as philosophy, in Berlin and Frankfurt-am-Main. 1992 to 1994 resident in Paris, initially as scholarship holder of the Cité des Arts, later participating in a one year computer science and composition course at IRCAM. Isabel Mundry lived in Vienna from 1994 to 1996 as a freelance composer. She then taught at the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule and the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. In 1996 she was appointed professor for music theory and composition at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2004 she has held the post of professor for composition at the Zurich School of Music, Drama and Dance. During the academic year 2002/03 she was a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Berlin. Isabel Mundry has also lectured at the Darmstadt Vacation Courses for New Music (1989-2002) and also at the Akiyoshidai Festival in Japan (1997). She has given master classes at Copenhagen’s Royal Academy of Music (2002) and in Tbilisi (2007). Since 2011 she holds a post of professor at the Musikhochschule München.

Isabel Mundry has received numerous prizes, amongst them the Boris Blacher Prize for Composition, the Busoni Composition Prize, the Kranichsteiner Music Prize and the Siemens Award. Her musical theatre composition, “Ein Atemzug – die Odyssee”, received the 2006 critics prize for the best world premiere. Isabel Mundry has been Composer in Residence at the Tong Yong Festival (Korea, 2001), the Lucerne Festival (2003) and the Mannheim National Theater (2004/05). During the 2007/08 she held the position of first "Capell-Compositeur" at the Staatskapelle Dresden. Her works are published by Breitkopf & Härtel.



Isabel Mundry will be tutoring at impuls from February 10th to 19th.


Isabel Mundry @ Breitkopf & Härtel