Artists biographies
Karin Haußmann

Karin Haussmann (b. 1962) studied, among other things, music theory and composition (under N. A. Huber) at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. Since obtaining her artistic qualifications she has received several commissions from broadcasting corporations, ensembles and event organizers. Her music is performed in Germany and other countries, such as during the Moscow Autumn Festival, the Warsaw Autumn, in China, Korea, the United States, in Birmingham and in Oslo. In Germany she could be heard at the Musikbiennale Berlin, the Dresdener Tage für zeitgenössische Musik and Ultraschall Berlin. The WDR and the Deutschlandfunk hosted concerts showcasing her work.

In addition to being awarded a scholarship from the Akademie der Künste Berlin she has received several awards for her work, including the first prize at the international composition competition of the Hanover Biennale, the ‘Most Promising’ award issued by the state of Nort Rhine Westphalia, and the Maria-Ensle prize given by the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg.

Confronting literature is one of the focal points of Karin Haussmann’s work. As a result, vocal works are making up an ever-greater proportion of her compositions. This year she has created works for choir and chamber orchestra, for female voices and instrumental ensemble as well as a musical theatre piece for children.

An interest in old music is another one of Karin Haussmann’s focal points. It has resulted in works that approached old musical structures and manuscripts from the perspective of contemporary musical language by delivering new compositions and arrangements (‘Eructavit cor’ to Hohelied fragments, ‘Bon jour, bon mois’ and ‘Ce jour de l’an’ to Dufay).

Karin Haussmann used to teach at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. In 2013 she gave up this position to focus wholly on her composing work.

Two musical portraits (CDs) have been recorded (2004 Wergo and 2013 Coviello); they document some of her instrumental works to date.

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017