Udo Zimmermann, born 1943 in Dresden, 1954–62 member of the Dresden Kreuzchor. 1962–68 he studied Composition, Directing and Voice at the Dresden Conservatoire.
He was then a dramaturgical advisor for contemporary music theatre at the State Opera Dresden (1970–84), a professor for composition at the Dresden Conservatoire (1978–91) and Artistic Director of the Workshop for Contemporary Music Theatre at the Opera Bonn (1985–90). In 1986 he founded the Dresden Centre for Contemporary Music. 1990–2000 he was Director of the Leipzig Opera, 2001–03 General Manager of the Deutsche Oper Berlin and 2004–08 Founding Director of the European Centre of the Arts Hellerau.
Since 1997 he has been Artistic Director of the concert series musica viva of the Bavarian Radio and since 2008 President of the Saxonian Academy of the Arts.
Zimmermann is a composer of several operas (Levins Mühle, 1972; Der Schuhu und die fliegende Prinzessin, 1976; Die wundersame Schustersfrau, 1981; Weiße Rose, 1985), concertante works (Sinfonia come un grande Lamento, 1977), vocal symphonic works (Pax Questuosa (Der klagende Friede) for soli, three choirs and orchestra, 1982) and chamber music.