Rebecca Saunders

Rebecca Saunders ( born December 19, 1967 in London) is an English composer.

Rebecca Saunders studied violin and composition at the University of Edinburgh. After she graduated from 1991 to 1994 to study composition at the Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe with Wolfgang Rihm with a DAAD scholarship. In 1997, the promotion took place in composition with Nigel Osborne.

Saunders received, among other things, the Busoni Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts, the Ernst von Siemens Prize for composition, the composition prize of the ARD and the Paul Hindemith Prize ( 2003). In 2000 she taught at the Darmstadt Summer Courses. From 2005 to 2006 she was Composer in Residence at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.

In the 2009/2010 season she was Capell - Compositeur the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Rebecca Saunders lives as a freelance composer in Berlin.


  • Behind the velvet curtain for trumpet, piano, harp and cello, 1991-1992
  • Into the Blue for cello, piano, percussion, bassoon, clarinet and double bass, 1996
  • Quartet for piano, violin, double bass and accordion, 1998
  • Dichroic Seventeen for piano, two drums, two basses, accordion and electric guitar, 1996
  • Molly 's Song 3 - Shades of Crimson for viola, guitar and alto flute, 1995
  • Albescere for twelve instruments and five voices, 2001
  • Vermilion for clarinet, electric guitar and cello, 2003
  • Insideout, music for choreographic installation by Sasha Waltz, 2003
  • Blaauw for double- bell trumpet, 2004
  • Cholera for piano, 2004
  • Miniata for accordion, piano, chorus and orchestra, 2004
  • Rubricare for Strings and Organ, 2005
  • Crimson for piano, 2005
  • Stirrings Still for alto flute, oboe, A clarinet, piano and Crotales, 2006
  • Chroma IX for chamber groups in several spaces ( 2003-08 ), UA: Witten Days for New Chamber Music, 2008
  • Still for solo violin and symphony orchestra (2011 ), WP: Beethoven Festival in Bonn, 2011
  • Stasis. Space collage for 16 soloists (2011) UA: Donaueschingen Music Days, 2011