The icelandic-german composer Steingrimur Rohloff was awarded the Bernd-Alois-Zimmermann-Prize of the City of Cologne in Germany in 2003. This prize was mainly given to him because of his large orchestral pieces, which jury-member Dr. Wolfgang Becker called 'of an original fantasy... a virtuos technique in the treatmant of the orchestra...melodical invention...exciting colour-developments...'
Born in 1971 in Reykjavik/Iceland Rohloff later studied composition with Krzysztof Meyer at the 'Musikhochschule Köln'. Supported by DAAD he went to the Conservatoire national superieur de Paris to study composition wit Gérard Grisey and Marco Stroppa, electronic music with Laurent Cuniot and Louis Naon and orchestration with Marc-André Dalbavie. In 1999 he got selected for a course at the IRCAM in Paris. Since 2001 he studied electronic music with Hans-Ulrich Humpert.
Steingrimur Rohloff has received numerous prizes for his compositions. His orchestral works SOL, GRAVITATION and the Saxophone Concerto where first performed in Gothenborg, Saarbrücken and Oslo. His works were played in countries like Germany, France, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland. Iceland, U.S.A. Japan. For the season 2004/05 Rohloff received a scholarship by the ENSEMBLE MODERN.
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