Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, born in 1962 in Mannheim (Germany), studies in Composition, Music Theory, Piano, Musicology, Philosophy, and Sociology with Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber, Jürgen Habermas among others. Music degree and PhD.
Since 1984 international prizes and awards, including the Gaudeamus Prize, Stuttgart Composition Prize, Ernst von Siemens Music Grant, Villa Massimo.
Since 2005 Professor of Composition at the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theater. Editor of the journal Musik & Ästhetik and the book series New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century, author of over 120 essays and numerous books (e.g. Kritische Theorie der Musik).
Extensive œuvre in all genres, performed by renowned groups (e. g. Ensemble Modern), important commissions (e. g. Salzburg Festival), numerous portrait concerts worldwide. Principal works: Rhizom, Medusa, Kammerzyklus, Angelus Novus, Hommage à György Kurtág, Hommage à Thomas Pynchon, Prospero’s Epilogue, humanized void, voiced void.