Rudi Spring

Rudi Spring
Born (1962-03-17) 17 March 1962
Lindau, Germany
Education Musikhochschule München (with Wilhelm Killmayer and Heinz Winbeck)
Awards Villa Massimo

Rudi Spring (born 17 March 1962) is a German composer of classical music, pianist and academic. He is known for vocal compositions on texts by poets and his own, and for chamber music such as his three Chamber Symphonies.


Born in Lindau, Rudi Spring received piano instructions from Alfred Kuppelmayer (1918–1977), starting in 1971. He studied chamber music in 1978 in Bregenz with Heinrich Schiff, with whom he also played in concert. He studied at the Musikhochschule München from 1981 to 1986 composition with Wilhelm Killmayer and Heinz Winbeck, and piano with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius.[1][2]

He composed songs and song cycles, inspired by poems of Heinrich Heine, Hermann Lenz, including Galgenliederbuch (after Christian Morgenstern, four volumes), Nero lässt grüßen (song cycle after Martin Walser's monodram), So nah in der Ferne (song cycle after poems of Wolfgang Bächler), Liederfolge für mittlere Singstimme und Klavier after poems of August Stramm, Else Lasker-Schüler, Ingeborg Bachmann and Jakob van Hoddis. Several of them were recorded by the Bayerischer Rundfunk, with singers such as Martina Koppelstetter.[3]

Since 1987 he has been teaching several subjects at the Musikhochschule, first vocal coaching then ear training, musical analysis and pitch space, since 1999 Lied interpretation.[1]

Spring received commissions of the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council), the Münchener Kammerorchester, the Munich Puppet Players, the International Bodensee Festival and the Hugo-Wolf-Akademie Stuttgart, among others.[1]

Together with composer Michael Neunteufel (born 1958), he was interviewed by Alfred Solder (born 1949) of the ORF, broadcast on 16 October 1987, entitled Musik hören, Musik verstehen (Listen to music, understand music). The premiere of Canto sopra un’ idea frattale in 2005 in Vienna was documented in a film Die Kochsche Schneeflocke, directed by Norbert Wartig (born 1973), produced by LNW Film.

In 2005 Spring was awarded the fellowship of the Villa Massimo in Rome.[4]

In 2008 two of his songs appeared on a CD of Salome Kammer, together with music of Cole Porter, Luciano Berio, and Alban Berg, among others.[5] In 2009 he accompanied Salome Kammer at the Rheingau Musik Festival in songs and Chansons of the 1920s to 1940s.[6] He played the piano in a trio concert at the Gasteig, with Jens Josef (flute) and Graham Waterhouse (cello), performing Martinů's trio and the premiere of the flute version of Gestural Variations; every composer contributed a Christmas carol, with Spring setting Maria durch ein Dornwald ging.[7]


Selected works



for voice and one to six instruments
for voice and ensemble/orchestra
for voices a cappella


for one to four players
or five to eight players
for ensemble/orchestra


  1. 1 2 3 "Rudi Spring (born 1962)". vierdreiunddreissig. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  2. "Interview Rudi Spring / Auf eine existentielle Musik hin" (in German). 1 January 1998. Retrieved 9 September 2011.
  3. "Rudi Spring (*1962) / Verzeichnis sämtlicher Kompositionen und Bearbeitungen (1979 bis 2009)" (PDF) (in German). Rudi Spring. 2009. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. "Stipendiaten der Villa Massimo 2005". Villa Massimo. 2005. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  5. 1 2 3 "Salomix-max – Voice Without Limits / Salome Kammer". 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  6. Daniel Honsack (24 July 2009). "Ganz besondere Heimatlieder / RMF Salome Kammer und Rudi Spring im Parkhotel Schlangenbad" (in German). Wiesbadener Tagblatt. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
  7. "Konzertante Musik für Flöte - Cello - Klavier" (in German). Graham Waterhouse. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
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