Cord Meijering | Photo: Barbara Aumüller
The Dutch composer Cord Meijering was born in Esens, Germany, in 1955. He lives in Darmstadt, where he has been as Director of the Akademie für Tonkunst since 2005. After studying guitar with Olaf Van Gonnissen and composition with Johannes Fritsch and Dietrich Boekle at the Akademie für Tonkunst, he continued his studies from 1983 to 1986 in the Master Class of Hans Werner Henze in Cologne. From 1990 to 1992 he completed his studies on a scholarship as a Master Student at the East Berlin Academy of Arts with Hans Jürgen Wenzel.
Meijering has composed works for orchestra and chamber ensembles, several operas and three full evening orchestra ballets. They have been performed at: the Festival de Tardor in Barcelona, the Steirischer Herbst in Graz, the Festival d’Evian, the Frankfurt Feste, the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik in Darmstadt, the CrossSound Festival in Juneau and Sitka (Alaska), the Guggenheim Museum New York, Jordan Hall in Boston and in several cities in Korea. He has also written film music for, for example, Sharon Greytak’s The Love Lesson, which has been performed at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Centre, New York, the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Lisbon Film Festival.
Meijering’s Class for Young Composers, initiated in 1990 at the Akademie für Tonkunst in Darmstadt, is well known and has resulted in approximately 200 newly-composed works for various vocal and instrumental combinations, including four operas. Der Prinz von Jemen is the first opera in the world composed by children on commission from a professional opera house. The opera Kalif Storch, composed by children for the Staatstheater in Kiel, was shown as a 90 minute TV production by the German-French TV station ARTE.
Cord Meijering has held lectures, seminars and Master Classes at the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Smith College in Northampton, Mass., Ocean University Qingdao in China, the Korea National University of Arts, SangMyung University in Seoul, Pai Chai University in Daejeon and Yeungnam University in Daegu. He was appointed “Main Composer” of the Daegu International Contemporary Music Festival 2014.