Mark Andre

(b. 10 May 1964, Paris).

French composer, now resident in Germany, of mostly orchestral and chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe and in North America.

Mr. Andre studied analysis, composition, counterpoint, harmony, and musical research with Claude Ballif, Gérard Grisey and other teachers at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he earned six premier prix and graduated in 1992. He earned his PhD in musicology, Le compossible musical de l'Ars subtilior, under the supervision of Olivier Boulnois and Philippe Vendrix, at the École Normale Supérieure de Paris (Ulm-Jourdan) and the Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance de Tours in 1993. He then studied composition with Helmut Lachenmann at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Stuttgart from 1994–97 and attended the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1996, where he encountered Wolfgang Rihm.

Among his honours are a residency at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart (1995–96), the Kompositionspreis from the city of Stuttgart (1996, for le trou noir univers), the Blaue Brücke Preis (1996, for fatal), a residency at the Villa Médicis-hors-les-murs in Germany (1996), the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt (1996, for un-fini I and le loin et le profond), and a scholarship to work at the Experimentalstudio des SWR in Freiburg im Breisgau (1997–98). He later held a residency at the Villa Medici in Rome (1999–2001) and received the Internationaler Kompositionspreis of Oper Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main (2001, for ... das O ... from ... 22, 13 ...) and the Förderpreis der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung in Munich (2002). He recently worked as a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (2005) and has earned the Preis of the Christoph-und-Stephan-Kaske-Stiftung (2006), the Produktionspreis of the Giga-Hertz-Preis für elektronische Musik in Karlsruhe (2007), the Orchesterpreis der Donaueschingen Musiktage (2007, for ... auf ... 3), and the Förderpreis of the Berliner Kunstpreis from the Akademie der Künste in Berlin (2008). He has been a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin since 2009, of the Sächsische Akademie der Künste in Dresden since 2010 and of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich since 2012. In addition, he was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the government of France in 2011 and received the Kompositionspreis of the Gerhart und Renate Baum-Stiftung (2012).

He lectured at the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt in 1998, 2006 and 2010 and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main in 2001. He taught counterpoint and instrumentation at the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Strasbourg from 2002–07. He has taught as Professor für Komposition at the Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden since 2009. He was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2012–13.

He has lived in Germany since 1994.

His publishers are the Carus-Verlag, for music written from 1994–96; Casa Ricordi, for music written from 1996–2005; and Edition Peters, for music written after 2005.


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... 22, 13 ... (Musiktheater-Passion in drei Teilen) (music-theatre work–passion in 3 parts, text by the composer, after the Bible [translated by Martin Luther, the Church of Sweden]), 2 sopranos, 5 altos, ensemble (2 bass clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 trombones, 2 harps, 2 cellos, 2 double basses, 2 pianos, 4 percussion) (around hall), live electronics, 2001–04

wunderzaichen (Oper in vier Situationen) (opera in 4 situations, libretto by the composer, Patrick Hahn, after the Bible, Johannes Reuchlin), soprano, 2 mezzo-sopranos, tenor, male speaker, mixed chorus, large orchestra, live electronics, 2011–13


le trou noir univers, oboe (+ English horn), harp, guitar, mandolin, balalaika, violin, harpsichord, small orchestra (30 players), live electronics, 1992–93

modell, large orchestra in 5 groups (69 total players), 1999–2000

... auf ... (triptych), 2005–07 (its three sections may be performed separately: ... auf ... 1, large orchestra [16 winds, 15 brass, 2 harps, 2 pianos, timpani, 2 percussion, strings], 2005–06; ... auf ... 2, large orchestra [16 winds, 15 brass, 2 harps, 2 pianos, 4 percussion, strings], 2007; ... auf ... 3, large orchestra [16 winds, 15 brass, 2 harps, 2 pianos, 6 percussion, strings], live electronics, 2007)

kar, 22 strings, 2008–09

... hij ... 1, large orchestra (16 winds, 14 brass, 2 harps, piano, timpani, 2 percussion, 52 strings), 2010

an, violin, large orchestra, 2014–15


le loin et le profond, bass clarinet, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, prepared piano, percussion, 1994–95

fatal, contrabass clarinet, contrabass tuba, prepared harp, cimbalom, 5-string double bass, prepared piano, harpsichord, 2 percussion, 1995

un-fini I, harp, cimbalom, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 1995–96

ab I, contrabass clarinet, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1996

ab II, contrabass clarinet, cimbalom, cello, piano, 2 percussion, live electronics, 1996–97

tempus perfectum, 6 percussion, 1998

kanon, contrabass clarinet, double bass, prepared piano, 2000

... als ... I, bass clarinet, cello, piano, 2001

... als ... II, bass clarinet, cello, piano, live electronics, 2001

... in, bass clarinet, 2002

asche, bass flute, bass clarinet, viola, cello, piano, 2004

... zu ..., violin, viola, cello, 2003–05

durch, soprano saxophone, piano, percussion, 2004–05

'... zum staub sollst du zurückkehren ...', bass flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, 2004–05

... hoc ..., cello, live electronics, 2005–06

ni, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2006

iv 2, cello, 2007

iv 3, clarinet, 2008

... es ..., flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, harp, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 2008

iv 7, contrabass clarinet, 2008

üg, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, 2 cellos, double bass, piano, 2 percussion, live electronics, 2008

iv 4, flute, oboe, clarinet, tuba, 2008–09

iv 6a, trumpet, 2009–10

iv 8, violin, viola, cello, 2009–10

iv 6b, trumpet, 2010

iv 9, flute, oboe, clarinet, 2010

da, bassoon, trumpet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 2010–11

Zwischenraum, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, double bass, 2 pianos, 2 percussion, 2012

E, cello, 2012

iv 5, oboe, 2012

iv 13a, string quartet, 2014


... hij ... 2, 24 mixed voices, live electronics, 2012


ein abgrund (text by Georg Büchner), baritone, viola, cello, 1992

kontra-etüde, male voice, bassoon, cello/double bass, 2001


un-fini IIIA, 1993–95

contrapunctus, 1998–99

iv 1, 2010

iv 11a, 2011

iv 11b, 2011

S1, 2 pianos, 2009–12


ein abgrund. Ensemble SurPlus (Solitude: 70, 1996)

un-fini I. Jürg Wyttenbach/Ensemble Modern (col legno: WWE 20008, 1997)

ab II. ensemble recherche (col legno: WWE 20025, 1998)

un-fini IIIA. Eric Huebner, piano (col legno: WWE 20055, 1999)

modell. Lothar Zagrosek/SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg (col legno: WWE 20201, 2001)

durch; ... zu ...; ... in; ... als ... II. Shizuyo Oka, bass clarinet; Trio Accanto; ensemble recherche (Kairos: 0012732KAI, 2008)

... als ... I. Rafael Caldentey Crego, bass clarinet; Wolfgang Zamastil, cello; Ueli Wiget, piano (NEOS: 10821, 2008)

iv 4; contrapunctus; '... zum staub sollst du zurückkehren ...'; iv 3; iv 2. Ensemble Alternance (Stradivarius: STR 33827, 2010)

S1; un-fini IIIA; iv 11a; iv 11b; contrapunctus; iv 1. Tomoko Hemmi, Yukiko Sugawara, pianos (WERGO: WER 6783 2, 2013)

ni. Rupert Huber/musikFabrik (WERGO: WER 6856 2, 2013)

ab II. Detlef Heusinger/Collegium Novum Zürich; Experimentalstudio des SWR, live electronics (NEOS: 11516, 2015)

... auf ... Sylvain Cambreling/SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg; Experimentalstudio des SWR, live electronics (WERGO: WER 7322 2, 2015)