The German-Austrian composer Brigitta Muntendorf has internalized referentiality as a compositional principle in her music (music to kin) and creates a multi-layered web of analog-digital modes of expression in her works. Her settings range from instrumental, choral, and orchestral music to transdigital music/dance theater and 3D sound/AR installations.
She established the concept of social composing, appeals to media sensuality and collaborative forms of production in the form of a community of practice.
With ARCHIPEL (Ruhrtriennale 2020 / Theater der Welt / Tanz im August 2021), Muntendorf recently presented a large music-dance theater for choir, ensemble, dancers and 3D-Sound / electronics in a further collaboration with choreographer Stephanie Thiersch (Batailles d’Image for Theater de Nimes, Opera Bonn 2019, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen 2022, City Dance Cologne 2016) and Japanese star architect Sou Fujimoto. During the pandemic, she also created the audiovisual installation COVERED CULTURE (Muntendorf/Lobeck) for 60 singers and performers, which was presented at Duolun Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), TPAM/BANKArtTemporary (Yokohama), LOOP Alt Space (Seoul) or Kyoto Experiment, among others. In addition, she staged the 32-channel choral composition ||: Forest of Breath :|| on the entire wall of the Kunsthalle Mannheim as part of the International Schiller Days of the National Theatre Mannheim. In 2022, her transmedial music theater MELENCOLIA (Muntendorf/Lobeck) for Ensemble Modern, choir, live video and 3D soundscape, celebrated by the international press, was premiered at the Bregenzer Festspiele. She is currently working on a new 3D-Audio space oratorium for the Biennale di Venezia 2023.
Her Trilogy for Two Pianos and live electronics (GrauSchumacher Piano Duo) was awarded with the German Record Critics’ Award 2023 and is considered a pioneering composition, as is her Public Privacy series, which explores the interaction of music and sharing platforms. Her transdigital music theater productions such as iScreen, YouScream!, FIGO or Ballet for Eleven were premiered at the Eclat Festival, the Munich Biennale or the Donaueschinger Musiktage.
In addition to numerous prizes and artist scholarships (most recently Villa Kamogawa, Japan), she has been awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Young Composer’s Prize, the German Young Music Authors Award of GEMA and has been nominated for DER FAUST theatre prize in 2022. Her works are performed by numerous ensembles such as Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Modern, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, Mocrep Chicago, Musikfabrik or Les Siècles at festivals worldwide, such as Festival d’Automne Paris, Ruhrtriennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Warsaw Autumn, Munich Biennale, Musica Strasbourg, ULTIMA Oslo, Art Share L.A., ONASSIS Athens, Metro Club Kyoto, TPAM-Festival or Kyoto Experiment.
As the long-time artistic director of Ensemble Garage and the queer-feminist F*MN Festival (Deutschlandfunk), she staged and produced numerous concerts and festivals. She regularly receives invitations from international juries, such as the Kulturstiftung der Länder (Villa Massimo, Cité Internationale des Arts), IMPULS Neue Musik or the Venice Music Biennale. Since 2018 she is professor for composition at the HfMT Cologne and director of the Institute for Contemporary Music.