Klaus K. Hübler



Klaus K. Hübler was born 1956 in Munich. He started his compositional career early and studied composition with Peter Kiesewetter and Brian Ferneyhough as well as musicology at the Munich Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Numerous works were created since 1975 with a main focus on chamber music. In 1977 Hübler was awarded the “Förderpreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart” for his first string quartet. There were more awards and scholarships to follow after that, paying tribute to his complex and consistent work. Hübler was invited to participate in international forums: “Stiftung Künstlerhaus Boswil” (1982-84); “Ferienkurse Neue Musik Darmstadt” (1984-88); “Pittsburgh International Music Festival” (1986).

Scholarships were awarded by “Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung des SWF” (1982), by the “Centre européen pour la recherche musicale“ (1983), by the “Landeshauptstadt München“ as well as by the federal state of Niedersachsen in form of a working stay at „Künstlerhof Schreyahn“ (1988).

Hübler’s works were performed at all important festivals in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and France, including numerous radio productions and broadcasts.

Next to his compositional work, Hübler wrote numerous critical writings, a work he could do from 1975 to 1989, when a sudden onset of a life-threatening disease forced him to interrupt his creative work for almost 6 years. Examples of his writings are his treaties on Karlheiz Stockhausen ‚Und doch bin ich Mensch geworden‘ and  John Cage ‚Gedanke und Stil‘. Versuch einer kritischen Dokumentation.

In 1995 Hübler started composing again, still looking for his individual distinctive style, which turned out to be different from earlier creation after all, but always aiming at his basic compositional idea of reduction.

His Œuvre performed during the „Schreyahner Herbst 2001“: Worldpremiere of: Part I Maske, Mutmassungen für Akkordeon (1995-96) and Paravent for ensemble (2nd Version 1997-98). Desunt and Hörsermon (Stücke für Maria) for violoncello and piano (1998-99). Followed by: World premiere of his orchestral work Vanitas at the „Eclat Festival 2003“ in Stuttgart. In 2004 he got a commission by the Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich to write Tympanen, Sonata for piano and violin. His Palimpsest / Konjektionen for Bass flute was performed at the occasion of the „Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt 2004”. As well as during the “Schreyahner Herbst 2005”. B.B.H. left hand, narrator and Jandl, „Musik der Jahrhunderte“, Stuttgart 2006.

Further works were created continuously and with growing recognition of Hübler’s stylistic redefinition: 2007 Abraxas for tenor saxophone, double base and ensemble; 2008 Azoth, commissioned by musica viva, for piccolo flute and ensemble, and last but not least another world premiere for horn, violin, violocello and piano (Cedar Rapids), performed in 2010 in Iowa.

Klaus K. Hübler has been an honorary member of the jury of the ‘Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ for years, focussed on old vocal and instrumental music.