Dieter Mack

Dieter Mack Dieter Mack | © Dieter Mack Dieter Mack, born in Speyer (West Germany) in 1954, studied composition, music theory and piano at the University of Music Freiburg. A student assignment sparked his interest in Balinese music and finally led to his first visit to Indonesia. Since then, traditional gamelan music has become an integral part of his work. Back in Germany, Mack founded an ensemble of Balinese music and, with the support of the Goethe-Institut, went on a successful tour through Southeast Asia a few years later. Nowadays, Dieter Mack considers Indonesia his second home. Besides teaching music and conducting ethnographic field research he is developing didactic concepts of music education for indigenous music forms. In his spare time he jams with the Salamander Big Band in Bandung.

Dieter Mack’s musical activities are diverse and global. Besides teaching – he is a professor of composition at Lübeck Academy of Music since 2003 – and composing, Mack organizes a number of competitions and workshops for young composers in Indonesia and other parts of South East Asia. The “Young Composers Competition Southeast Asia”, for instance, is taking place for the third time in 2013 and offers aspiring composers the opportunity to present new pieces. However, Mack also considers these events as a chance for himself, “to collect additional, more in-depth experiences – and also to give something back.” While acknowledging the influence of various Asian music genres on his work, Mack tries to avoid East-West binaries. He rather seeks “quite simply to add a personal nuance to the infinite variety of world of music.”

Dieter Mack is currently Vice-President of International Affairs at Lübeck Academy of Music. His compositions are published by Verlag Neue Musik Berlin.