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Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Joachim Franziskus Nikolai

Composer & Arranger

Please read below for information about my professional background.

Biography

My interest in composing began in my teens. Afterwards I studied at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich, Germany and I earned a diploma in pedagogical organ, my main subject, which I studied under Prof. Friedemann Winklhofer. At the University of Music in Würzburg, Germany, I studied composition under Prof. Heinz Winbeck and Tobias PM Schneid and earned diplomas in composition and concert. I also studied choral conducting under Prof. Joerg Straube while there and took part in master classes given by John Casken, Krzystof Penderecki and Joerg Widmann.

Several first releases of my compositions were published while I was still at university, in a variety of arrangements for solo instruments as well as larger ensembles and orchestras. The first public presentation of my own work was in 2008 at the Music Festival “Kasseler Musiktage”, where my piano composition »Beethoven Frieze« (original title »Beethovenfries«), created for the festival, was played in concert.

In the live music section musica viva of the radio station “Bayerischer Rundfunk”, I worked as a trainee to produce the German first release of the opera »Saturday from Light« by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

In addition to my work as a composer I conduct three choirs in Munich.

 

 

 

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Gustav Mahler

»If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.«

Media

Photos & Videos

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Oscar Wilde

»Musik der vollkommene Typus der Kunst: Sie verrät nie ihr letztes Geheimnis.«

Arnold Schönberg

»Ich bin ein Konservativer, ich erhalte den Fortschritt.«

Leopold Stokowski

»Es ist nicht erforderlich, Musik zu verstehen. Man braucht sie nur zu genießen.«

Compositions

My Compositions

Details of my compositions with arrangements varying from chamber music to large orchestras.

Beethoven Frieze/ Beethovenfries

For solo piano
Inspired by the painting “Beethoven Frieze” (Gustav Klimt)
Music Festival “Kasseler Musiktage”
Soloist: Wen-Tao Zhang
Premiered 2008

Song »On A Beautiful Summer Evening«/ Lied »An Einem Schönen Sommerabende«

For mezzo-soprano and piano
Words: Theodor Storm
University of Music, Würzburg
Premiered 2009

Song »Quite A Few Have Gone«/ Lied »Ist Mancher So Gegangen«

For mezzo-soprano and piano
Words: Friedrich Theodor Vischer


University of Music, Würzburg
Premiered 2009

Piano Studies For Solo Piano

  1. quiet and natural
  2. mystical
  3. very briskly and lightly
  4. lively
  5. not too fast, but intensely
  6. swinging, excited


University of Music, Würzburg
Premiered 2010

The Other Side/
Die Andere Seite

Inspired by the fantastic novel »The Other Side« (Alfred Kubin). For large ensemble, incl. arr. for: piccolo, flute, [clarinet-B,-Es], contrabassoon, B-trumpet, trombone, tube, percussion instruments, harp, 3 violins, viola, violoncello, keyboard and piano

  • The Call
  • The Pearl
  • The Fall Of The Dream Empire

University of Music, Würzburg
Premiered 2010

The Internal Domination/
Die Innere Herrschaft

For octet, incl. arr. for: flute, oboe, [clarinet-B,-Bass], [vibraphone-marimba-tubular bells], piano, violin, viola, violoncello

  • No Return/ Kein Zurück*
  • Pack Ice/ Packeis


University of Music, Würzburg
Premiered 2012*

shell shock

For cello quartet and piano

University of Music, Würzburg
Premiered 2011

Dantes Purgatorio (2012)

For large orchestra

 

»Dost Ask Who That May Be?«/ »Fragst Du, Wer Der Ist?«

Inspired by the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Martin Luther)
For piano, accordion, synthesizer and three baritone voices

Trinitatis Church, Oberschleißheim
Premiered November 3, 2013

 

Piano Quintet

  • When It Began/ Als Es Begann*
  • A Man’s All Alone In His Soul


Trinitatis Church, Oberschleißheim
Premiered November 22, 2014

Piano Duo (2014)

For two pianos

  • Together We All Are One Big Being

Sound Of Svalbard (2015)

For string sextet: 2 violons, 2 violas, violoncello and doublebass

Concerto For Double String Quartet (2016)




Robert Schumann

»To send light into the darkness of men’s hearts – such is the duty of the artist.«

Concerts

Concerts

Below is a list of recent concerts and premieres.

November 22, 2014 • Trinitatis Church Oberschleißheim

»When It Began« - premiere

November 3, 2013 • Trinitatis Church Oberschleißheim

»Dost Ask Who That May Be?« - premiere
Inspired by the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (Martin Luther)

July 9, 2012 • Concert Diploma • University of Music, Würzburg 

»The internal domination«
• No Return / for octet

July 5, 2012 • Composition Evening • University of Music, Würzburg

»The internal domination«
• No Return / for octet

December 14, 2011 • Composition Evening • University of Music, Würzburg

»Shell Shock« for cello quartet and piano - premiere

Gospel in Konzert
Konzert-Ewigkeitssonntag
Die innere Herrschaft

Sidney Lanier

»Music is love in search of a word.«

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