Manfred Stahnke

Manfred Stahnke (born 30 October 1951) is a German composer and musicologist from Kiel. He writes chamber music, orchestral music and stage music. His music makes extensive use of microtonality.


Stahnke studied composition with Wolfgang Fortner (1970–73), with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough (1973–74), and with György Ligeti (1974–79). In addition, he studied piano; his primary piano teacher was Edith Picht-Axenfeld.

He also holds a doctoral degree in musicology, with a thesis on the subject of Pierre Boulez' Third Piano Sonata (1979, under Constantin Floros in Hamburg).

In 1979-80 he went to the United States to study with the microtonalist Ben Johnston in Urbana, Illinois, and with the computer music researcher and composer John Chowning at Stanford University, California.

Currently, he is a professor of composition and music theory at the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater.


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