Konrad Boehmer

Konrad Boehmer ( * 1941 in Berlin) is a composer. He has been a professor at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague and reads the world as a guest lecturer.


Konrad Boehmer studied from 1959 to 1961 composition with Gottfried Michael Koenig, also philosophy, sociology and musicology at the University of Cologne. From 1961 to 1963 he worked with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the Studio for Electronic Music of the WDR in Cologne. In 1966 he presented his dissertation On the theory of the open form in new music.

In the same year he moved to the Netherlands and worked until 1968 at the Instituut voor Sonology in Utrecht. Since 1968 he was music editor of the weekly Vrij Nederland magazine; this activity he continued until 1973. From 1972 to 2006 he was professor of music history and theory of contemporary music at the Royal Conservatoire The Hague. In 1994 he took over the management of the ' Instituut voor Sonology ', which had been transferred to The Hague in 1986.

In the seventies and eighties he was several times a guest lecturer in composition at the ' Cursos Latinoamericanos de musica contemporanea '. Other teaching activities have taken him to the USA, Scandinavia and Germany.

Works (selection)

  • Information (1964-1965, Composition ), 1966 awarded the prize of the Dutch broadcasting company AVRO
  • Aspect (1965-1966, electronic composition ), 1968 awarded the Grand Prize of the ' Ve Biennale de Paris '
  • Doctor Faustus (1980 - 1983, music drama ), 1983 concerned with the Hamburg ' Rolf- Liebermann Prize '
  • Sensor (2007, electronic musical theater with Albert Osterhaus Maier )

For his publications on music and musical life of the city of Rotterdam gave him 1985 Pierre- Bayle Prize.

Literature (selection )

  • Konrad Boehmer over chaos - interview in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, 29-30. Nov. 2008, VIII
  • Konrad Boehmer: double shock. Texts to music vol 1: 1958-1967, ed. by Stefan Fricke and Christian Green, Saarbrücken: Pfau 2009