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Kelemen, Milko

Milko Kelemen studied with Olivier Messiaen in Paris and with Wolfgang Fortner in Freiburg. He then worked at the “Electronic Siemens-Studio” in Munich. Already in 1959 he founded the “Zagreb Biennale,” of which he was President during the early 1960s – today he is its Honorary President.

From 1970 until 1973 he was a Professor at the Robert Schumann Institute in Düsseldorf. Between 1973 and 1989 he was Professor of Composition at the Stuttgart Academy of Music and the Performing Arts. With C. G. Jung as his point of departure, Kelemen underpins his musical language with philosophical thoughts.

He attempts to make the complexity of new music more transparent through “complicated simplicity.” The novelty of organisation of the musical material, he says, should not be an end in itself. Novel formation can also be attained with musical “archetypes” which must not necessarily be subjected to the diction of more complicated compositional techniques.

Milko Kelemen died on March, 8, 2018.