At the age of twenty Jan Müller-Wieland went to Lübeck in order to study contrabass with Willi Beyer and composition with Friedhelm Döhl.
He gathered his first practical experiences as a conducting assistant of the Academy orchestra. In 1988 Jan Müller-Wieland undertook external composition studies in Cologne and Rome with Hans Werner Henze, who was to be a major influence on his later career, especially with regard to his music-theatre works. Numerous stipends gave him the possibility of extended foreign sojourns. A freelance composer in Berlin since 1993, he became a lecturer in 2006 and in 2007 Professor of Composition at the Munich Music Academy.
Only rarely does Müller-Wieland renounce the power of the word and the latent scenic vision. His music is strongly influenced by pulsing, complex, also jazz-inspired rhythms. With unsentimental, expressive gestures, he articulates the zest for living and ambiguous humour as well as phantasmagorias of destruction or concretions of evil.