Heiner Goebbels

Director, Composer

Composer and director Heiner Goebbels (born in 1952) belongs to the most important exponents of the contemporary music and theatre scene. His compositions for ensembles and big orchestras published by Ricordi Berlin are currently performed worldwide as well as several of his music theatre works and staged concerts, mostly produced by Theatre Vidy Lausanne, the Ensemble Modern and the Ruhrtriennale International Festival of the Arts.

Heiner Goebbels works as a professor at the Institute for Applied Theatre Studies of the Justus Liebig University in Giessen (Germany) and is President of the Theatre Academy of Hessen. From 2012 to 2014 he was the artistic director of Ruhrtriennale. He is a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts, The Westphalia Academy of Sciences, and he holds an honorary doctorate from the City University of Birmingham. He was awarded the prestigious Europe Theatre Prize in the New Theatrical Reality nomination in Taormina, Italy, in 2001. He is a laureate of the German Critics' Prize (2003), the International Institute of Theatre's prize (2006, 2008), the Ibsen International Prize (2012), the Carl Orff prize (2013) and many others.

His latest productions are John Cage's Europeras 1&2; When the Mountain Changed its Clothing; Harry Partch's Delusion of the Fury; and Louis Andriessen's De Materie are all produced and distributed by Ruhrtriennale. Most of his recordings are available on ECM Recordings.

His production of Max Black or 62 Ways of Supporting the Head with a Hand premiered at the Stanislavsky Electrotheatre in October 2015.