Composer Matthias Krüger was born in Ulm and grew up in Brussels and Trier. He studied music composition at Cologne’s Hochschule für Musik und Tanz and at Columbia University in New York City, as well as French language in Cologne and Sorbonne University in Paris. His principal composition teachers include Krzysztof Meyer, Fabien Lévy and Johannes Schöllhorn. Furthermore he has drawn inspiration from master classes and personal encounters with composers like Hans Abrahamsen, Mark André, Georges Aperghis, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, José-María Sánchez-Verdú and Vladimir Tarnopolski as well as the Composition Seminar of New York University with Nils Vigeland.
He has received numerous awards and scholarships, including from DAAD, the German National Academic Foundation, Berlin’s Mendelssohn competition in 2013, Cologne’s Zimmermann award in 2015 as well as the Chevillion-Bonnaud composition prize of the 12th Orléans International Piano Competition in 2016.
Funded by the Art Foundation of Northrhine-Westphalia (D), he was Artist in Residence at Istanbul in Fall 2015. He received commissions from Westfalen Classics 2017, NewTalents Biennale Cologne 2014, and Young Euro Classic Berlin 2013, among others, as well as from soloists Xavier Larsson Paez (saxophone) and Claudia Chan (piano).
Matthias’ music has been performed by ensemble ascolta (Stuttgart), Ma’alot wind quintet, ensemble hand werk, mam.manufaktur für aktuelle musik, Ensemble BRuCH , Fukio Ensemble (all Cologne), IEMA ensemble (Frankfurt), PluralEnsemble (Madrid), and Meitar Ensemble (Tel Aviv), among others, in Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the US, as part of festivals such as ECLAT Stuttgart, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Festival de Royaumont, Northwestern University New Music Conference 2014, and Mallorca Saxophone Festival, and in venues such as Konzerthaus Berlin, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona, and Carnegie Hall New York.
He is currently based in Cologne where he works as a composer and part-time at the Institute of Musicology of Bonn University.