Contemporary Music from Germany


Contemporary Music has become a fixture of the German music scene and now draws a wide-ranging audience into the nation’s concert halls. “Contemporary Music from Germany” keeps you up-to-date on the latest trends and the lively and diverse ensemble scene, fills you in on current and upcoming concerts and festivals, and provides an historical overview of the evolution and significance of New Music – rounded out with links to festivals, magazines, sound samples, grants and prizes as well as information about selected Goethe-Institut activities.


    MaerzMusik 2006, Foto: © Kai Bienert

    Contemporary Music and its Place in Society

    The contemporary music is no longer imaginable banned from concert halls, it has become an indispensable part of Germany’s musical life instead. More ...

      Current Trends

      Harry Partch’s „Delusion of the Fury“, German premiere at the Jahrhunderthalle in Bochum   © Ruhrtriennale, Photo: Wonge Bergmann, 2013

      Contemporary Music 2013: Highly ambitious undertakings in German town and country

      The contemporary classical music scene in Germany was highly diverse and engaged last year. Frank Kämpfer provides an overview of some spectacular projects, remarkable world premieres as well as some important people, anniversaries, and projects to put New Music across and keep its musicians working. More ...
      Tomomi Adachi recreates John Cage’s “Sixty-two Mesostics re Merce Cunningham” at the festival MaerzMusik 2012, photo by MaerzMusik / Kai Bienert

      Textbook, Good-Bye! – The festival MaerzMusik 2012 celebrates John Cage

      The work and influence of the composer John Cage has been the subject of turbulent debate in the German music world. The Berlin festival MaerzMusik 2012 was therefore devoted, in this centennial year, to his art and its influence. An outlook. More ...

      Electronic Music from Germany

      Current trends and the most important developments over the past few years

      Tour Calendar

      Goethe-Institut - Selected music events worldwide