1957
Born in Hamburg on 30 July

1970
Studied theory and composition with Günther Friedrichs as well as piano with Konrad Richter at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg

1973
Studied composition with György Ligeti, piano with Andreas Meyer-Hermann, Eckart Besch and Volker Banfield, and conducting with Christoph von Dohnányi at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg

1974
Kranichstein Music Award at the Internationale Ferienkurse Neuer Musik in Darmstadt

1975
Encouragement Award of the Hamburg Bach Prize

Scholarship of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes and of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation

1977
Spent one year in Paris, studying with Olivier Messiaen at the PAris Conservatoire supérieur de Musique

1980
July-December: first stay at the Villa Massimo, Rome

1981
Assistant conductor of the production of György Ligeti´s Le Grand Macabre at the Paris Opera (conductor: Elgar Howarth)

1982

March-September: second stay at the Villa Massimo, Rome

1983
International Rostrum of Composers, Paris: 1st place in the category Composers under 30; overall ranking: 3rd place 

Scholarship of the Wilfried Steinbrenner Foundation

1985
Majored in conducting with Klauspeter Seibel at the Hochschule für Musik in Hamburg

Hindemith Award of the Hindemith Foundation

1986
Encouragement Award of the Berlin Arts Prize (Akademie der Künste)

Schneider-Schott Music Award

1986
Kapellmeister at the Städtische Bühnen Freiburg / Breisgau

1987

Hindemith Encouragement Award

1988
Rolf Liebermann scholarship

1990
Rolf Liebermann Encouragement Award for the opera Die Menschen

since 1991
Professor of composition and theory at the Music Academy of Basel

Detlev Müller Siemens lives in Basel

1994
UK Tour (Warwick, Bath, Southampton, Birmingham, London - Birmingham Contemporary Music Group (cond. Elgar Howarth) and NASH-Ensemble, London)

Lectures and concerts:

  • "Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique" in Bordeaux and Pau (ensemble musique nouvelle, cond. Paul Méfano)
  • Palermo and Catania (Gruppo Strumentale dell'EAOSS, cond. Angelo Faja)
  • 31. Festival di Nuova Consonanza, Rom (Ensemble Staatsorchester Stuttgart, cond. Bernhard Kontarsky).

1998
1998 South-Eastern Asia Tour: workshops and concerts in Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Singapure - LINOS-Ensemble, Cologne

2003
India-Bangladesh-Sri Lanka-Pakistan Tour (Mumbay, New Delhi, Calcutta, Dhaka, Madras, Colombo, Karachi - LINOS-Ensemble, Cologne)

2005
Professor for composition at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna


Detlev Müller-Siemens lives in Vienna and Switzerland.