Birke Bertelsmeier had first piano lessons with Prof. B. Szczepanska, studied piano at the University of music Köln with Prof. P. Gililov and graduated in 2005 (Diplom). She won prices at competitions in German Young Musician Competitions (like „Jugend Musiziert“ and „Jugend Komponiert“), furthermore at the „Robert-Schumann-Wettbewerb“ in Düsseldorf and at Steinway competitions in Hamburg and Berlin. She had performances for example at the Hamburger Musikhalle, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Mercator Halle Duisburg and the Tonhalle Düsseldorf. She studied composition with David Graham (Clara-Schumann-Musikschule Düsseldorf) and additional with Prof. Wolfgang Rihm (Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe). She graduated in 2008 with her graduate recital in January 2011. In addition she studied musicology at master level and graduated 2009.
Her present work includes an extensive list of compositions, such as projects for operas, oratories, film scores, orchestral works, chamber music and solo parts. She had premieres and performances of her compositions among others at the „Impuls Festival“ in Graz, at the „Heidelberger Frühling“, the „Acanthes“ in Metz, the „13èmes Journées de la Harpe Arles“, the „Davos Festival“, the „Akademie der Künste“ in Hamburg and the „International Summer Course for New Music Darmstadt” 2008 (with the Arditti Quartett), the „Royaumont“ (Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart) in Paris, the „Kasseler Musiktage 2008“ (with Diotima Quartett), the „November Musik“ in Essen, the „YoungEuroClassic 2009“ (with the International Ensemble Modern Academy) in Berlin, the „Musikalischer Sommer in Ostfriesland“ (with Barockorchester), the „Alpenklassik Festival“ (with the Philharmonic Orchestra Bad Reichenhall) funded by the Ernst von Siemens music foundation 2010, the “ensemble Europa“ (WDR) in Cologne, the „Klavierfieber“ (with Hinrich Albers). Premieres were broadcasted at the WDR, SWR, BR, NDR, HR and DRadio. 2006/07 she received the „Höpfner Scholarship“ with a composition contract, the „Brahmshausstipendium 2009” and in 2010 she won the „Mikhashoff Competition”.
Besides she has a teaching assignment in seminars for composition in Bonn (Beethoven-Haus) and Düsseldorf (Musikrat NRW) and is a Juror for Modern Music in German Young Musician Competitions like „Jugend Musiziert“ and “Jugend Komponiert“. She has a lectureship at the “Dorothea-Erxleben-Programm“ for composition and improvisation at the Hanover University of music, drama and media.
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