Peter Ablinger

Photo of Peter Ablinger (c) Siegrid Ablinger
Peter Ablinger (c) Siegrid Ablinger


Genre(s): Contemporary Music
From: Upper Austria, Austria



Peter Ablinger was born in Schwanenstadt, Austria in 1959. He began studying graphic arts and was enthused by free jazz, but completed his studies in composition with Gösta Neuwirth and Roman Haubenstock-Ramati in Graz and Vienna. Since 1982 he has lived in Berlin, where he has initiated and conducted numerous festivals and concerts. In 1988 he founded the Ensemble Zwischentöne. He has been guest conductor of ‘Klangforum Wien’, ‘United Berlin’ and the ‘Insel Musik Ensemble’. Since 1990 Peter Ablinger has worked as a freelance musician. 2012 he became a member of the Academy of Arts Berlin. 2012-2017 he was research professor at the University of Huddersfield. “Peter Ablinger is one of the few artists today who uses noise without any kind of symbolism – not as a signifier for chaos, energy, entropy, disorder, or uproar; not for opposing something, or being disobedient or destructive; not for everything, for eternity, or for what-have-you. As in all these cases of music deliberately involving noise, noise is the case, but for Ablinger: this alone. Peter Ablinger has also come a long way in questioning the nature of sound, time, and space (the components usually thought central to music), and his findings have jeopardized and made dubious conventions usually thought irrefutable. These insights pertain to repetition and monotony, reduction and redundancy, density and entropy.” (Christian Scheib, edited by Bill Dietz)


Crossways in Contemporary Music – Nature I

A trans- and interdisciplinary research journey – Chapter 1: Nature Nature is present in music in a variety of ways. Composers draw inspiration from it, use sounds of nature in their compositions, or make abstract … read more »


Photo of Peter Ablinger (c) Siegrid Ablinger

PETER ABLINGER does not think about expanding the concept of music, he reflects on and reacts to music history, creating a theory of perception of sound. At the end of last year he received the … read more »

Wittener Tage for New Chamber Music 2021

In its 53rd edition the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (Witten Days for New Chamber Music) will take place from the 23rd to 25th of April, 2021. 30 world premieres by composers from 15 nations will be … read more »