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The mica-music database contains comprehensive entries on contemporary Austrian composers, performers, bands and ensembles. The main focus currently lies on the genres contemporary music and jazz.
An extensive presentation of performers from other genres can be found in the SR-Archive for Austrian pop music:, women in electronical music:,

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The English version of the composer-database was co-funded by the Ernst von Siemens Foundation and by the AKM.

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Johannes Maria Staud is among the internationally most successful young Austrian composers. Staud studied in Vienna with Michael Jarrell and Dieter Kaufmann, then with Hanspeter Kyburz in Berlin. He has completed master courses with Brian Ferneyhough, among others, co-founded the group "Gegenklang" in Vienna, and his works have been published by Universal Edition since 2000. In 2004 he received a promotional award from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.


Nach "... gleichsam als ob ... for a large orchestra" (1999/2000), "A map is not the territory" (2001), music for piano and orchestra "Polygon" (2002), the chamber opera "Berenice", which was performed in 2004 at the Munich Biennale, at the Vienna and the Berlin Festwochen (then in a revised version in Heidelberg), were followed by further works for solo and chamber music and commissions by well-known orchestras. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Simon Rattle performed the world premiere of "Apeiron for large orchestra" in 2005, and on 23 July, "Segue - music for cello and orchestra" was commissioned and its world premiere was performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Salzburg Festival with Daniel Barenboim and Heinrich Schiff as soloists. In addition, Franz Welser-Möst and the Cleveland Orchestra have asked him to compose further orchestral compositions (2008).


Heinz Rögl, 2006

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