Helmut W. Erdmann

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Helmut W. Erdmann (born October 3, 1947 in Emden ) is a German flautist , composer and representative of new music .


After completing his studies in flute, composition and electronic music , Erdmann became a music teacher at the Lüneburg Music School in 1971 . There he realized numerous projects in the musical genres he represented in the professional and young talent sector under the name Ensemble für Neue Musik Lüneburg until the 2000s . Since 1992 he has been a (part-time) professor for composition / live electronics at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater .

Erdmann received scholarships from the Deutsche Akademie Villa Massimo , the Cité Internationale des Arts Paris and Stanford University in California.


Helmut W. Erdmann has composed around 200 works so far. He notes his always aleatoric compositions, forms, in a graphic notation . Conceptually shaped by John Cage , Karlheinz Stockhausen , Werner Heider and his teacher Diether de la Motte , he consistently uses elements of " New Improvisation " and live electronics ( electroacoustics ).

Work in committees

Helmut Erdmann has been the North German regional chairman of the German Composers ' Association since 2009 , as well as a member of the “Education” and “Europe” specialist committees of the German Cultural Council . He is also a member of the executive committee of the European umbrella organization of national, contemporary composers 'associations, European Composers' Forum , and lecturer at the Universities of Göttingen and Lüneburg .


The soprano Mojca Erdmann is his daughter.

Individual evidence

  1. Report on the 65th birthday, Landeszeitung für die Lüneburg Heath ( Memento from April 12, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  2. biography on www.klassik-heute.com
  3. Biography on master multimedia musik of the Hamburg University of Music and Theater ( Memento of the original from August 20, 2017 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been 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.hfmt-hamburg.de

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