Thomalla studied composition at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts from 1994–1999 . He then worked as a dramaturge assistant at the Stuttgart State Opera , where he was responsible for, among others, Helmut Lachenmann's music theater Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern as a production dramaturge . From 2002 to 2007 he was a DAAD and Stanford University doctoral student at Stanford, where he continued his studies with Brian Ferneyhough . Since 2007 he has taught at Northwestern University in Chicago as a composition professor , where he is also director of the Institute for New Music. His works have been performed at international festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage , the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, the Paris Festival d'Automne and the Witten Days for New Chamber Music . Performers of his works have included Ensemble recherche , Ensemble Ascolta, Ensemble musikFabrik , Arditti Quartet , Spektral Quartet, Ensemble Modern and the Munich Philharmonic . His first opera Fremd was premiered in July 2011 in the Great House of the Stuttgart State Opera . Thomalla's second opera, Kaspar Hauser , was commissioned by the Freiburg Theater and premiered there in April 2016.
- 2004: Kranichstein Music Prize
- 2006: Christoph Delz Prize
- 2006–2007: Fellow of the Stanford Humanities Center
- 2009: CIRA Grant (Collaborative Initiatives for Research in the Arts) from Northwestern University
- 2011: Promotion Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
- 2013: Faculty Research Grant from Northwestern University
- 2014–2015: Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
- 2017: Guggenheim grant
- Cello counterpart for violoncello (2006)
- Piano Counterpart for piano (2008)
- Percussion counterpart for drums (2009)
- Ballade.Rauschen for piano (2014)
- wild.thing for amplified piano, 2 percussionists (2002–2003)
- Momentsmusicaux for flute, clarinet, piano, viola, cello (2003-2004)
- Noema for 2 prepared pianos (2004)
- Pieces Character for oboe, clarinet, piano, violin, viola, cello (2005)
- Song for saxophone, piano, vibraphone (2007–2008 / 2012)
- Album sheet for string quartet (2010)
- Album sheet II for saxophone quartet (2011)
- Wonderblock for ensemble (trumpet, trombone, guitar [electr.] Piano, drums [2 players], violoncello) (2012–2013)
- Fracking for saxophone, string trio (2013)
- Bagatelles for string quartet (2015)
Ensemble and orchestral music
- Ausruff for chamber orchestra or large ensemble (1 Fl, 1 Ob, 2 Clear, 2 Trp, 1 Trp, Hfe, Klav, Git, 2 Perc, strings: 6-5-4-4-1, live reinforcement) (2007)
- The Brightest Form of Absence - multimedia composition (Video: William Lamson) for soprano, ensemble (1 ob, 1 clear, 1 Hr, 1 Trp, 1 Pos, 1 Tub, Klav, Schlgz, strings: 1-1-1- 1-1), live electronics, video (2011)
- Fleeting - Intermezzo for orchestra (2 perc, electric git [ossia: Klar], strings: 10-8-8-6-3) (2011)
- Ballad for piano, orchestra (3-0-3-3, 3-4-3-1, 3 percussion, Hfe, Str: 14-12-10-8-6) (2016)
- Three Desert Songs for soprano, piano (2011)
- Duet and Dream - from the opera "Kaspar Hauser" for countertenor, soprano, piano (2016)
- I come near you for choir (6 soprano, 6 alto, 6 tenor, 6 bass), ensemble (saxophone, bass clarinet, bassoon, piano, drums, violin, viola, violoncello) (2016)
- Fremd - opera in three scenes, an interlude and an epilogue for dramatic soprano, choir (8 altos, 16 tenors, 16 basses), orchestra (2 fl, 2 ob, 2 clear, 2 boutiques, 4 ears, 2 trp, 2 pos , 1 tub, 2 beats, piano, git, str: 10-8-8-6-3), hall instruments (1 trp, 1 sax, 1 pos, 3 beats), marching band (1 fl, 1 clear, 4 Trp, 4 Pos), live electronics (ad lib.) (2005–2011)
- Kaspar Hauser . Opera in three acts (text by the composer) for countertenor (Kaspar Hauser), 8 singers, orchestra (2 Trp, 2 Pos, Tub, Sax, Hfe, Klav, Acc, Big drum, Str: 8-6-6 -4-2), sound design (2013-2015). UA. on April 9, 2016 in the Freiburg Theater
- Foreign opera in three scenes, an interlude and an epilogue by Hans Thomalla. Recording from the Stuttgart State Opera. col legno 2012 (WWE 2SACD 40403)
- Portrait CD "Hans Thomalla: Momentmusiceaux / wild.thing / Cello Counterpart / Pieces Character" WERGO 2008 (WER 6571 2)
- The Brightest Form of Absence . Multimedia composition for soprano, ensemble, live electronics and video. On: Donaueschinger Musiktage 2011, NEOS 2012 (NEOS 11214-16)
- Exhaust for chamber orchestra. On: Donaueschinger Musiktage 2007, Vol. 2, NEOS 2008 (NEOS 10825)
- Aspects of analytical composing. In: Jörn Peter Hiekel (ed.): Composing in the present. Texts of the 42nd International Summer Courses for New Music 2004. on behalf of IMD. (= Darmstadt Discourses. 1). Pfau-Verlag, Saarbrücken 2006, ISBN 3-89727-337-3 , pp. 96-112.
- Counterparts. In: Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Frank Cox, Wolfram Schurig (Ed.): Facets of the Second Modernity. Wolke Verlag, Hofheim 2008, ISBN 978-3-936000-17-7 , pp. 229–241.
- 'To the edge of the moment'. Composing as creating the present. In: Jörn Peter Hiekel (Ed.): Vorzeitbelebung. Past and present reflections in music today. Wolke Verlag, Hofheim 2010, ISBN 978-3-936000-85-6 , pp. 71-82.
- Traces of Meaning - Contradictions in Contemporary Music Theater. In: Anke Roeder, Klaus Zehelein (ed.): The art of dramaturgy. A manual. Henschel Verlag, Leipzig 2011, ISBN 978-3-89487-655-5 , pp. 58-70.
- Works by and about Hans Thomalla in the catalog of the German National Library
- Homepage of the composer
- The composer's publisher's homepage with further information on his life and work and the current calendar of events
- Portrait text by Björn Gottstein on the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation website
- YouTube channel with works by Hans Thomalla
- Theater Freiburg's blog on the genesis of Kaspar Hauser , with workshop reports by the composer
- Profile page Hans Thomalla on the homepage of Northwestern University . Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- Information about Hans Thomalla's opera Fremd on the homepage of the Stuttgart State Opera ( Memento from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ). Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- Information on the world premiere of Hans Thomalla's opera Kaspar Hauser on the homepage of the Freiburg Theater ( memento from February 18, 2016 in the Internet Archive ). Retrieved January 19, 2017.
- Joachim Lange: He penetrated foreign. In: The German Stage . April 9, 2016 . Review of the premiere by Kaspar Hauser .
- Kranichstein Music Prize on the homepage of the International Music Institute Darmstadt. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- Composition competition of the Christoph Delz Foundation . Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin . Retrieved January 28, 2015.
- John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation: Hans Thomalla . Retrieved April 13, 2017.
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German composer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||1975|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Bonn|