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Johannes Kalitzke is an internationally renowned New Music composer and conductor. Born in Cologne in 1959, he studied church music in Cologne (1974–76) before enrolling at the Cologne Music Academy (1978–81), where his teachers were Aloys Kontarsky (piano), Wolfgang von der Nahmer (conducting), York Höller (composition), and later Ulrich Humpert (electronic music). This was followed by studies abroad with Vinko Globokar at IRCAM in Paris on a scholarship from the German National Merit Foundation (1982/83). From 1984 to 1990 he worked at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, first as a conductor and later as principal conductor. In 1986 he succeeded Carla Henius as director of the New Music Forum. Apart from his activities as a conductor (in 1991 he became artistic director and conductor of musikFabrik, the Northrhine-Westphalian State Ensemble, and also guest conductor of Klangforum Wien), Johannes Kalitzke has also made a name for himself as a docent (since 1996 at the Darmstadt Summer Courses and at the Music Academy in Graz) and as a composer. He has been working as a freelancer since 1998. Johannes Kalitzke’s first opera ›Bericht über den Tod des Musikers Jack Tiergarten‹ was created in 1990/91 as a contribution to the 1996 Munich Biennial. The second opera, ›Molière oder die Henker der Komödianten‹ (1994-97) was premiered in Bremen in 1998; ›Inferno‹ followed in 2004 and was premiered in 2005. In 2000 Johannes Kalitzke was a fellow at Villa Massimo (Rome) and began working on his ›Kafka-Komplex‹, the first part of which, ›Nachricht an Charon‹, was premiered the same year at the EXPO 2000 in Hanover. His string quartet ›Six Covered Settings‹ was also premiered in 2000 by the Arditti Quartet at the Witten Days of New Chamber Music. Johannes Kalitzke’s catalogue of works also includes ›Wind-Stille-Zeit‹ (2001) and ›Vier Toteninseln‹ for piano, baritone and orchestra (2002/03). In 1990 Johannes Kalitzke received the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Prize of the City of Cologne; in 2009 he was elected a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts.