Reinhold Friedl

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Reinhold Friedl is a composer, pianist and the director of the ensemble zeitkratzer and lives in Berlin and Vienna. He studied composition with Witold Szalonek and Mario Bertoncini, piano with Renate Werner, Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach and mathematics in Stuttgart, Berlin and Marseille. He holds a PhD in music computing from Goldsmiths University, London. Reinhold Friedl is known for his radical music. He received numerous prizes and fellowships such as Eurocréation Paris, Villa Serpentara Rome (Berliner Akademie der Künste), STEIM Amsterdam, Paris Cité des Arts, as well as commissions by the state of France, Maerzmusik Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Asphodel San Francisco, ZKM Karlsruhe, RomaEuropa Festival, the BBC London and Ultima Oslo. His music is performed by groups like Diotima Quartet Paris or Ensemble 2e2m. He released over a hundred CDs and LPs as a composer and performer. Friedl founded and directs the ensembles Piano-Inside-Out and zeitkratzer and is known as an expert for extended piano techniques. He cooperated with various musicans as Phil Niblock, Lou Reed, Alvin Lucier, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Helmut Oehring, Nicolas Collins, Laurie Anderson, Merzbow, Mario Bertoncini (nuova consonanza), Keiji Haino and Rashad Becker, and also undertook interdisciplinary cooperations with artists like Sasha Waltz, Frank Castorf (Volksbühne Berlin) and Lillevan. As curator, Friedl leads the record series Perihel for Karlrecords, launched the Off-ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) and directed the music department of Podewil Berlin. He was a jury member of Ars Electronica and the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa. Reinhold Friedl is also known as a specialist for the music of Iannis Xenakis and published several articles on the topic. He is guest professor for artistic research/ performance at the Katarina Gurska Institute in Madrid, Spain, and has a teaching assignment at the the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Austria. Lectures and teaching also took him to the University Paris VIII, Berlin UdK, London Goldsmiths University, Musikhochschule Basel, University for Music and Drama Gothenburg, Music University Thessaloniki, MIT Melbourne, etc.

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