Heyn, Volker

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Volker Heyn


Born: December 13, 1938

Country: Karlsruhe, Germany

Studies: Sydney Conservatory (1966-70), Staatliche Musikhochschule, Karlsruhe (1977)

Teachers: Eugen Werner Velte

German composer of mostly stage, orchestral, chamber, vocal, and performance works that have been performed throughout the world.

Mr. Heyn studied voice with Walter Neugebauer in Karlsruhe from 1957-60 and acting at the Savitzki Actor's School in Melbourne from 1961-63. He studied guitar privately with Antonio Losada in Sydney and studied music theory with Don Andrews at the Sydney Conservatorium from 1966-70. He then studied guitar at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe from 1971-77, where he also studied composition with Eugen Werner Velte and was a member of his Gruppe für Kreative Musik.

His honors include fellowships from the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg (1981) and the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung in Freiburg/Breisgau (1982) and the Rolf-Liebermann-Opernstipendium (1988, a commission to write Geisterbahn). His Ferro canto, a commissioned work, has twice been canceled from Donaueschingen (1989, 1991) and remains unperformed.

He lived in Australia from 1960-71 and there worked various jobs, including one as a shift-laborer in a steel-working factory, where he had his first encounters of the "metallic kind", which led him to experiments involving the sounds of hard and soft edges of reverberating metal. Moreover, he was a member of a traveling group that presented original stage productions, both with and without music, for two years. He has lived in Germany since 1971.

He lectured at Darmstadt in 1984 and 1986 and gave concerts and lectures in Australia in 1987 and in Kyoto in 1993-94.

Breitkopf & Härtel publishes some of his early works and Tre Media Musikverlage publishes most of his music written after 1995.


E-mail address: musikatz.vh@t-online.de

Street address: Mr. Volker Heyn, Postfach 11 07 03, D - 76057 Karlsruhe, Germany

Telephone/fax: + 497 2149 3812[1]

Works for Percussion

Break - Percussion Quartet
Nachtschicht - Percussion Trio; Cello; Double Bass