Welcome to the Homepage of Composer Sven-Ingo Koch


Sven-Ingo Koch was born near Cologne in Germany, in 1974 and studied composition, electronic composition, piano and musicology in Essen (Germany), San Diego and Stanford (USA).  Among his teachers were Nicolaus A. Huber, Roger Reynolds and Brian Ferneyhough whose assistant he was in 2003. Also influential to Sven-Ingo Koch were the years he – due to these studies - spent in the USA (between 1999 and 2003) and the environments and the life he could experience there in California.

Now – after some residencies in France and Italy - again living in Germany (but quite missing the deserts and beaches of the American West Coast)  Koch’s music is performed frequently at numerous festivals worldwide (such as the Munich Biennale, the Lyon Biennale, the festivals Eclat, Ultraschall, Musica Viva, MDR Music Summer, Dresden New Music Days, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Nova Helsinki, Leicester International Music Festival, Festival Présences Paris etc.) and was selected among other venues to the World New Music Days 2004 in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Gaudeamus New Music Week in Amsterdam 2005. In 2007 Sven-Ingo Koch was Composer in Residence of the Rencontres Musicales de Haute Provence. 

Being performed by orchestras such as the Radio Symphony Orchestra of the SWR, the Symphony Orchester of the Bavarian Radio and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra Sven-Ingo Kochs music also is frequently interpreted by quartets such as the Auryn, the Vogler, the Carducci and the Sonar Quartet, furthermore by ensembles such as  Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Resonanz, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Neue Vocalsolisten, and by soloists Jean-Guihen Queyras, Arne Deforce, Chen Halevi, Nicholas Daniel, Pascal Gallois, Peter Veale, Dirk Rothbrust, Mie Miki, Grzegorz Stopa, Ian Pace, to name just a few. In collaboration with the Ensemble Ascolta he composed music to abstract experimental films of the 1920s by Walter Ruttmann, which have been shown several times on German and French television channels.

Sven-Ingo Koch received among other prizes the Folkwang Prize 1999, the third Bach Prize Hannover 2000, the Cynet Art honorary mention 2001, the German Industry Federation’s Young Composers Prize 2001, the prestigious Stuttgart Award 2003, the Düsseldorf Music Prize 2006 and - most important - the German Romeprize 2011. Sven-Ingo Koch also was awarded the Aeolian Trio Prize 2004, the Elisabeth-Schneider-Prize 2005, the Prize of the Weimarer Frühjahrstage 2006 and the Prize of the Dresdener piano trio competition 2006.  Sven-Ingo Koch, furthermore, obtained scholarships from the German Government (DAAD) (1999-2000), the Stanford University (2000-2003), the Academy of Arts Berlin (in 2000 and 2002), GRAME, Lyon 2003, the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung 2004, the Künstlerhof Schreyahn 2005, Schloss Solitude 2007, a grant to stay in Venice in 2008, a scholarship by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation 2011, an Istanbul residency in 2014 and a grant to stay in Casa Baldi, Italy in 2015. In 2008 he was also visiting artist at the ZKM.

His works were commissioned by WDR, BR, SWR, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, Munich Biennal, Expo2000, ADEvantgarde, Kunststiftung NRW, Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Concert Society Schwerte, Rencontres Musicales de Haute-Provence, Academy of Arts Berlin, Norwegian Arts Council, Beethoven House Bonn, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Neue Vocalsolisten, Ensemble ascolta, ClaRecords, Zeitfenster Biennal Berlin, Galery Ficher-Rohr Basel, arte, Zeitkunst Berlin, Klangforum Heidelberg, Musikfabrik, Ministry for Art NRW.

In 2009 the WERGO label released a CD with Koch's larger works for orchestra and ensembles (Edition zeitgenössische Musik in Deutschland).