I was born in 1971 in Mönchengladbach, Germany and grew up in Niederkrüchten, a small German village on the Dutch border. After working as a care worker in a children's home and a runner at several theatres in Germany and Scarborough I studied Applied Theatre Studies at Justus-Liebig-Universität Giessen, Germany and Composition at the University of Huddersfield (BA, MA) and the University of Birmingham (PhD). My teachers include Christopher Fox, Heiner Goebbels, Patric Standford and Vic Hoyland.
My works have been performed at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the ISCM World Music Days in Manchester, Spitalfields Festival, the Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Purcell Room, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Tate Liverpool and various other concert halls, festivals, supermarkets, art galleries, shoe shops, theatres, banks, opera houses, in cafes, on beaches, on ice rinks, in cinemas, on the radio, on TV; in Europe, Russia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.
I joined the composition department at RBC in 2004 as a visiting tutor, became Deputy Head of Composition in 2009 and I was awarded the title of Associate Professor in Composition in 2015.
Recent commissions include Ava’s Wedding – An English Tragedy: a full-length opera written for and performed by Birmingham Conservatoire; Requiem: my fifth commission from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group; Danserye (commissioned by NDR - das Neue Werk) and chorus/groove space: two collaborations with choreographer Sebastian Matthias; Hamburger Suite, commissioned by Kampnagel Hamburg and performed by Ensemble Resonanz; There are more of them than us - A Queer Concerto for 9 Saxophones and Orchestra, performed by RBC saxophone department and orchestra and Catalogue d'Emojis, created in collaboration with Paul Norman.