Franz Hummel was born in 1939 and remains today one of the most renowned and original European composers. In his childhood he was discovered, supported and encouraged by Richard Strauss, Eugen Papst, Hans Knappertsbusch and Elly Ney, and subsequently became a pianist (although he had started to compose at the age of seven). He gave concerts throughout the whole of Europe and the USA, making over 60 LP recordings that encompass almost the entire classical and romantic repertoire as well as many modern works. His last major tour as a pianist was in 1973 through what was the USSR. From then on he dedicated himself to composition and gave concerts only sporadically.
Hummel’s operas, symphonies, ballet scores, concertos and chamber music works have been played by famous instrumentalists and orchestras. Some of his operas (there are 16 to date) have been given throughout Europe (the opening opera for the ‘Cultural Capital of Europe’ Linz 09 will be the seventeenth), works such as Blaubart, a parable on Sigmund Freud and a work that was performed around 120 times in Moscow and Paris, in London and in Rome. The entire score was recorded in 1985 by ZDF. In January 2006 his Sinfonia funebre was premiered in Kobe (Japan) to honour the victims of the terrible earthquake of 1996. Between 2006 and 2007 he wrote the 33 Transformations on a Waltz by Anton Diabelli. Franz Hummel is presently writing a work for the stage based on Friedrich Nietzsche, the working title of which is Zarathustra.