Biography

Detlev Glanert

With his successful stage works, Detlev Glanert is one of the most performed living opera composers in Germany. His opera, orchestral and chamber music is characterized by a very lyrical musical language and shows an affinity with the Romantic tradition, colored by a contemporary perspective.

Glanert’s ten musical theater pieces have all been staged and performed many times and he has received several awards for his operas, including the prestigious Rolf Liebermann Opera Prize in 1993 for his first full-length opera, “Der Spiegel des großen Kaisers”, and the Bavarian Theater Prize in 2001 for the comic opera “Scherz, Satire, Ironie und tiefere Bedeutung”, his most successful stage work to date. Detlev Glanert’s instrumental oeuvre includes three symphonies, solo concertos for piano, piano duet, violin and tuba, and numerous pieces for orchestra and chamber music ensembles.

Highlights of the 2017/18 season include the German premiere of the “Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch” at the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie with the Symphoniker Hamburg conducted by Markus Stenz, the Romanian premiere of “Frenesia” at the Enescu Festival, the Italian premiere of the double concerto with the Orchestra del Teatro Regio conducted by Karl-Heinz Steffens and “Vier Präudien und Ernste Gesänge” with Michael Nagy and the WDR Sinfonieorchester. Highlights of the past seasons were the premiere of the “Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch” on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of the great Dutch painter by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam and s’Hertogenbosch under the direction of Markus Stenz, the “Vier Choralvorspiele” after Johannes Brahms by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Nationaltheater-Orchester Mannheim and Alexander Soddy, the new version of the Fairy Tale for Music “Leyla and Medjnun” at the Hannover Opera and the British premiere of the orchestral work “Megaris” by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

From 2011 to 2017, Detlev Glanert was the “House Composer” of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.

Watch an interview with Detlev Glanert about his life and music