Markus Bongartz


born on 29 August 1963 in Mönchengladbach


1983-86 initially violin studies at Folkwang Hochschule with Helmut Hoever and 

Adolphe Mandeau


1986-92 composition studies with Nicolaus A. Huber


1990-92 studies of computer music with Dirk Reith

summer courses with Tristan Murail, Marco Stroppa,

 James Dillon and Ole Lützow-Holm


1991 lecture “Structure and Intuition, attempt to apply language theories to the musical analysis of the characterization of musical language styles”


1993 degree in composition Essen


Special prize of the jury for the orchestral piece ... durch die Reinheit der Substanz ist es, was es ist, Wege zu suchen ... at the



1994 first prize at the competition "Musikpreis des NDR" for the same piece


1995-96 scholarship of the DAAD for a stay at the ATELIERS UPIC in Paris, 

at the same time courses on computer music at the 

Université Paris VIII with Horacio Vaggione


1996 invitation to the Session de Composition in Royaumont/Paris, led by Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber and Xu Shuya, 

with support of the Foundation for Art and Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia


1999 paper on music and politics in the music of Hans Werner Henze and Luigi Nono


1999 invitation to lecture an introductory course about computer music at musicology department of the Ruhruniversität Bochum


2003 participation in the project “The exoticism of the other” in Tokyo

invitation to Yoshiro Irino Institute of Music


2003 commissioned by the Kulturstiftung NRW for the ensemble piece Zeit genug


Since 2011 he is member of the Gruppe für experimentelle Musik und Medienkunst (GEMART) in Hannover


From 2013-2016 he is chairman of the Berliner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik


collaboration inter alia with ensemble L’itineraire, ensemble Köln, Ensemble Mosaik, NDR Sinfonieorchester and Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin


Markus Bongartz has been living as freelance composer and music teacher in Berlin since 2008