Moritz Eggert was born in Heidelberg in 1965. He studied piano at the Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts (Leonard Hokanson) and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Wilhelm Killmayer), as well as the Guildhall School for Music and Drama (Robert Saxton) in London.
As a composer, Eggert likes to cater to multiple impulses; his music is provocative and challenging, exhilarating and inspiring. For him, melody and emotionality are not at odds with experimental or performative sonic ideas. True to his maxim that “there must be space in music for everything that occupies space in real life,” he draws from a wide range of musical forms of expression, and constantly lends his comprehensive experience as a pianist, performer, conductor, and singer to a sense of music he describes as “atopic,” or “extraordinary.” As a well-known blogger (“Bad Blog of Musick”) and author, he is committed to cultivating a more active role for contemporary music in the public consciousness.
“When you read the name Moritz Eggert, you know what to expect: With everything […] Moritz Eggert has mastered the art of artistically transforming even the most banal from everyday life.” Crescendo
His 18 full-length operas and musical theater works have meanwhile seen performances at houses in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and England – such as the Komische Oper Berlin, the Bonn Opera, the Landestheater Linz, the Lucerne Theater, and the Frankfurt Opera. Hämmerklavier
, his cycle for solo piano, today counts as one of the most-performed piano works worldwide, and his song cycle Neue Dichter Lieben
can be found on the compulsory program of numerous singing competitions. His catalog of works is fast-approaching 300, with many having seen release on CD.
Eggert has received numerous awards as a composer, including the Salzburg Easter Festival Composition Prize, the Mainz Schneider-Schott Music Prize, 1st prize at the SMCQ’s "Ad referendum" competition in Québec, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation’s Composers' Prize, and the Audience Choice award at the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra International Composers Award. In 1998, he received the Bayerischer Kunstförderpreis, and the Louis Spohr Music Prize in 2016. Notable scholarships abroad enabled him to spend time at the Villa Massimo in Rome, the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and the Deutsches Studienzentrum in Venice. He has, among others, also received a stipend from the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. In 2003 he became a full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, as well as of the Mainz Academy of Sciences and Literature in 2009.
Since October 2010, Eggert has held a professorship at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, where many of his students already count among the best-known and most successful representatives of the young generation of composers internationally. He has been president of the German Composers' Association since 2020. Notable guest lectureships have taken him to Mainz ("Mainzer Musikdozentur") and the USA ("Howard Hanson Visiting Professor, Eastman School of Music").
2021 will see the premiere of numerous compositions by Eggert, including a solo concerto for the Camerata Hamburg and Elisabeth Kufferath (violin and viola), as well as works for the Windsbacher Knabenchor, the pianist Dorrit Bauerecker, the Berlin pyramidale, and the new "Code Modern" festival. As part of its 2021/2022 season, his new children's opera IWEIN LÖWENRITTER
will premiere at the Bonn Opera. The production, part of the “Kooperation Junge Opern Rhein-Ruhr,” will be performed in subsequent years at the Dortmund Opera and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg.
Photo: Mercan Fröhlich