Born: January 10, 1935
Studies: Hochschule für Musik (Berlin 1959), Adademie der Künste (1963)
Teachers: Hanns Eisler
Katzer was born in Habelschwerdt, Lower Silesia in 1935. From 1954 to 1960 he studied piano, music theory, and composition with (amongst others) Rudolf Wagner-Régeny and Ruth Zechlin at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin. From 1957 to 1958 he studied in Prague with Karel Janáček. From 1961 to 1963 he was a postgraduate student of Hanns Eisler and Leo Spies at the German Academy of the Arts in Berlin (Klingberg 2001). In 1963 he became a freelance composer and musician.
From 1976 to 1977 he worked in electronic-music studios in Bratislava and Paris. In 1978 Katzer was elected to membership in the Academy of the Arts in East Berlin (Klingberg 2001). In 1982 he founded the Studio for Electroacoustical Music affiliated with the Music Department of the Academy of the Arts (the first studio of this kind in the GDR), whose artistic director he remained until 2005.
In 1987 he was appointed Professor and subsequently taught a masterclass in composition at the Academy of the Arts. From 1988 to 1991 he was President of the German Section of the C.I.M.E. (International Council for Electroacoustical Music) and from 1990 to 2001 was a presiding member of the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council). Katzer now lives in Zeuthen near Berlin.
Katzer’s compositions include works for chamber ensembles, orchestral works, solo concertos, operas, ballets, puppet plays, and oratorios. His work also encompasses electroacoustical pieces, music for radio dramas, multimedia projects, and projects involving improvised music.
Works for Percussion
Ballade (Katzer) – Multiple Percussion; Clarinet
de natura temporis - Percussion Duo
Divertimento battutto – Percussion Quartet
Exkurs über die Mechanik - Percussion Duo; Piano 2
Geschlagene Zeit – Percussion Sextet; Orchestra
Jeux à deux – Multiple Percussion; Accordion
Moments Musicaux – Multiple Percussion; Bass Clarinet
Odd and Even - Multiple Percussion, Flute, Piano
Percussum - Percussion Quartet
Schlagmusic 1 – Multiple Percussion
Schlagmusic 2 – Percussion Quintet