René Mense




Curriculum Vitae

Born February 22, 1969 in Hamburg (Germany)

First classical guitar tuition and first compositions

First piano lessons

Piano lessons with Conrad Hansen (privately)

Studies in Composition/Music Theory with Ulrich Leyendecker at the College of Music and Theater in Hamburg

Works as freelance composer since then

Classical guitar tuition with Ralf Jarchow (privately)

since 2000
Close colaboration with Weimar cellist Christina Meißner and Weimar-located ensemble klangwerkstatt weimar, e.g. at Hamburg-based broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR), in Weimar, Dresden, and at the Festival Junge Kunst in the Christus-Pavillon of the cloister Volkenroda (Thurangia)

Commissioned composition for the NDR Hamburg for the "das neue werk" series: "Child of Ocean" for voice, flute, cello and piano

French premiere of "En Face d'en Face" for flute and harp by members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain at Centre Pompidou in Paris

Franz Liszt Scholarship of the College for Music in Weimar

"1. String Quartet" – World premiere by the Iturriaga Quartett (Leipzig) at the Podium Rolf Liebermann series of NDR Hamburg, further performance at the Christus-Pavillon in Volkenroda

World premiere of "Partage" for 20 players by the Asko Ensemble, conducted by Oliver Knussen at Proms in Paradiso, Amsterdam, further performances in Groningen, The Hague and Rotterdam

UK premiere of "Partage" by London Sinfonietta, conducted by Oliver Knussen at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Commissioned works for organ solo and for organ and cello for the restored "Sonnenorgel" at St. Peter & Paul in Görlitz (Saxony/Silesia)


3rd prize at the 1. Göttinger Gitarrenseminar for "Three Dances in the Abtract" for guitar solo

1st prize at the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award in Tokyo for "Gebilde-Gegenbild" for large orchestra

2nd prize at the Violastiftung Walter Witte (Frankfurt am Main) for "Incontri" for soprano and viola 

2nd prize at the Weimarer Frühjahrstage für zeitgenössische Musik  for "A Creature Divided" for coloratura soprano and ensemble

3rd prize at the composition contest of the Hanauer Kantorei for "Toben, das die Zeit verpasst hat", Three Meditations on Jeremiah, for organ solo

Further Activities

since 1989
Works as arranger for Peermusic Germany

since 2007
Chairman of the Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Hamburg e.V. (Hamburg section of the International Society for Contemporary Music







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