Martin Christoph Redel

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Martin Christoph Redel (born January 30, 1947 ) is a German composer , music theorist , drummer and university professor.


Martin Christoph Redel was born on January 30, 1947 in Detmold as the son of the flautist Kurt Redel and the pianist Erika Redel-Seidler. He studied drums with Friedrich Scherz and composition with Rudolf Kelterborn , Giselher Klebe and Johannes Driessler at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie (today: Hochschule für Musik Detmold ) . He then continued his studies with Isang Yun at the Hanover University of Music, Drama and Media . In 1971 he became a lecturer in music theory and ear training at the Detmold University of Music, in 1979 he was appointed professor for composition theory and Redel headed the Detmold University from 1993 to 2001 as rector. In this function he was also chairman of the rectors' conference of the German conservatoires and vice-president of the Association Européen des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen (AEC). From 1992 to 2004 Redel was president of Jeunesses Musicales Germany, which then appointed him honorary chairman and on whose behalf he led the composition courses for young people at Weikersheim Castle for more than 40 years .

His works were u. a. interpreted by soloists such as Wolfgang Boettcher , Jörg Brückner , Rudolf Buchbinder , Thomas Christian , Karl Leister , Diemut Poppen , Thomas Quasthoff , Kurt Redel , Gerhild Romberger , Hansjörg Schellenberger , Hariolf Schlichtig, Wen-Sinn Yang or Karlheinz Zöller . Conductors such as Matthias Foremny , Karel Husa , Christoph Poppen , Stanislaw Skrowaczewski , Hans Stadlmair , Horst Stein , Michel Tabachnik , Räto Tschupp , Gilbert Varga or Jörg-Peter Weigle (among others) conducted performances of Redel’s works. This u. a. with the Bamberg Symphony , the Bavarian, Central and North German Symphony Orchestras , Radio, the SWR Symphony Orchestra , the Basel Radio Orchestra, the Wiesbaden and Darmstadt State Theater Orchestras , the Mannheim National Theater Orchestra , the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and (among others) the chamber orchestras from Munich, Heilbronn, Stuttgart, Pforzheim, Detmold. Chamber music and chamber ensembles such as the "ars nova ensemble" (Nuremberg), Brandis-Quartet, "das neue werk" (Hamburg), Ensemble Horizonte (Detmold), Ensemble Slavko Osterc (Ljubljana), Scharoun-Ensemble (Berlin), The Boston Musica Viva (Boston) and Trio Jean Paul have premiered and premiered.

Portrait concerts and lectures have taken him to the music academies in Bremen, Dresden, Lübeck, Munich and Saarbrücken, the Carl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg , the music academies in Łodz and Wrozław (Poland), the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music (UK), the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa (Portugal), the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago de Chile), the Sangmyung University in Seoul (Korea) and the Music Department of the Colorado College in Colorado Springs (USA).

As a composer, Martin Christoph Redel gained national and international recognition early on. His catalog of works currently (2019) comprises 93 operas (orchestral works, chamber music, solo works for various instruments and vocal music). He also emerged as a drummer.


  • 1971: Annette von Droste Hülshoff Prize from the Westphalia-Lippe Regional Association
  • 1972: Promotion Prize of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for Music
  • 1972: Promotion award of the state capital Stuttgart (dispersion for chamber ensemble)
  • 1973: Promotion award for young artists from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • 1977: Promotion prize of the composition prize of the Walter Kaminski Memorial Foundation (string quartet II)
  • 1977: Sponsorship award from the city of Mannheim for young artists (at the same time as Wolfgang Rihm )
  • 1977: Special prize for music criticism at the "Rassegna Internazionale Gino Marinuzzi per Giovani Compositori" in San Remo / Italy ( stanzas for orchestra )
  • 1978: Composition Prize of the " Summer Music Days Hitzacker " (String Quartet II)
  • 1978: Sponsorship award of the Silesian Culture Prize of Lower Saxony
  • 1978: "Mention d'Honneur" at the Prix Arthur Honegger, Paris (string quartet II)
  • 2008: Menzione speciale at the 6 ° Concorso Internazionale di composizione "Romualdo Marenco", Novi Ligure / Italy ( Sonnet pour cornet )
  • 2010: Menzione speciale at the 8 ° Concorso Internazionale di Composizione "Romualdo Marenco", Novi Ligure / Italy ( masquerade for alto saxophone solo)
  • 2014: 1st prize at the 12th Concorso Internazionale di composizione "Romualdo Marenco", Novi Ligure / Italy ( TrombOnly . Solo for tenor trombone)
  • 2019: 2nd prize in the composition competition of the XX. Weimar Spring Days for Contemporary Music ( dispute for horn and orchestra). A first prize was not awarded.

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