Hartmut Klug

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Hartmut Klug (born September 9, 1928 in Dresden ; † July 24, 2019 ) was a German composer , conductor and pianist as well as a university professor .


Hartmut Klug was one of seven children of the doctor and cellist Otto Klug and his mother Hildegard, violinist with the Dresden Philharmonic . He was born in the Kleinzschachwitz district of Dresden and has been involved in music and the visual arts from childhood. From the age of nine he attended the Academy for Music, Theater and Dance in Dresden. During the Second World War, at the age of 14, he was committed to air defense. The family survived the air raids on Dresden , especially in February 1945.

Hartmut Klug's brother Heinrich Klug (* 1935) is also a musician. For many years he was the first principal cellist of the Munich Philharmonic .

Study and work in dance

Klug was one of the first to enroll in the reopened Dresden Music Academy in 1946 . In 1949 Hartmut Klug completed his studies as a pianist , composer and conductor for orchestra and choir. During his studies he got to know the Dresden dancer, expression dancer and dance teacher Gret Palucca , who took him on tour as a pianist from 1947 to 1949 through all of Germany's occupied zones. In 1950 he worked as a freelancer for the RIAS Berlin as a composer, arranger, tutor and recording assistant. In 1951 he took over the musical direction of the Folkwang Dance Theater in Essen under Kurt Jooss . Tours took him through Germany and Western Europe. With the cessation of dance theater in 1953, he completed a short course in chamber music and conducting at the Conservatoire de Paris and graduated with the distinction of “Premier Prix”. In 1954 he was on tour with the dancing couple Alexander von Swaine - Lisa Czóbel through India , Pakistan , Ceylon , Indonesia , Singapore and Hong Kong , later also through Syria , Lebanon and Iran .

Working in Wuppertal

Under the aegis of ballet master Erich Walter , Klug accepted a position at the Wuppertal theaters in 1955 . Until 1969 he worked initially as a repetitor and conductor, then as a director of studies and conductor for operas and operettas and as a drama composer . From 1968 he headed the opera school of the Bergisches Landeskonservatorium. The conservatory was incorporated into the State University of Music Rhineland (Cologne) in 1972, today the University of Music and Dance Cologne . From 1974 until his retirement in 1991, Klug worked there as a professor . Until 1991, Klug was the rector of the university.

Secondary activities: plucked music and other things

Hartmut Klug conducts the Plucked Orchestra Rhineland-Palatinate (2009)

Hartmut Klug's extensive sideline activities include leading youth symphony orchestras, amateur orchestras, plucked orchestras , choirs and chamber music ensembles. From 1968 Klug was director of the Solingen Orchestra Association , and in the 1970s he was director of the Wuppertal Instrumental Association , one of the oldest German amateur orchestras.

From October 1968 to 1991, Klug led the traditional plucked orchestra of the Mandolin Concert Society in Wuppertal. Plucked music had been largely alien to him until then, but he quickly introduced a varied repertoire. This also included new music such as Mauricio Kagel's MUSI (premiered in 1972 in the Funkhaus in Cologne). Klug also organized a series of children's concerts with the orchestra ("seat cushion concerts").

In 1982, Klug brought the Coesfeld Orchestra Festival into being, which he directed until 2002, a venue for numerous world premieres. From 2000 to mid-2002 he directed the Hessisches Zupforchester (HZO). From mid-1994 to mid-2016 he directed the Zupforchester Rheinland-Pfalz (ZORP). Both orchestras are selected orchestras of the Association of German Plucked Musicians . Because of his services to plucked music, the Bund deutscher Zupfmusiker made him an honorary member in 2003.

Over a period of 30 years, Klug gave generally understandable lectures at adult education centers.

Visual artist: paper cuts and other things

In kindergarten Hartmut Klug spotted the silhouette . He cut motifs from fairy tales and folk art. Since 2002 he has been the deputy chairman of the German Scherenschnittverein . He was a member of the European Dance of Death Association, a community of researchers, artists and collectors working on the dance of death . Klug's silhouettes and drawings were shown in numerous exhibitions.

Hartmut Klug appeared as a quick draftsman in front of an audience, including as a moderator at the children's concerts of the Munich Philharmonic .


Works of fine art

  • Paris overheard , 1961.
  • Drawn notes (exhibition catalog), 1988.
  • Outline , 2000.
  • klexgeboren , 2002.

Works for plucked orchestra (selection)


  • Hartmut Klug - a life for art . In: Concertino 1/2009, p. 43
  • Siegfried Büttner: A silhouette artist as an all-rounder. Hartmut Klug on his 75th birthday : In: Concertino 2/2004, p. 62

Web links

Commons : Hartmut Klug  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


  1. ^ Association of German Plucked Musicians, State Association of Rhineland-Palatinate. Archived from the original on July 27, 2019 ; accessed on July 27, 2019 .
  2. ^ Obituary: On the death of Hartmut Klug: An artist through and through. Retrieved August 9, 2019 .
  3. Instrumental-Verein Wuppertal e. V. ( Memento of the original from November 22, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.instrumental-verein-wuppertal.de
  4. ^ History of the Mandolin Concert Society in Wuppertal
  5. ^ Conductors of the Rhineland-Palatinate Zupforchester. Archived from the original on July 27, 2019 ; accessed on July 27, 2019 .
  6. Concertino 2/2004, p. 68 and 97
  7. Biography at the European Dance of Death Association