Born: December 23, 1942
Died: February 8, 2013
Already as a child Friedrich Schenker learned trombone and piano and undertook his first attempt at composition at the age of ten.
From 1961 to 1964 he studied trombone with Helmut Stachowiak and composition with the Eisler student Günter Kochan at the Academy of Music "Hanns Eisler" Berlin . In addition to studying, he acquired the technique of dodecaphony as an autodidact and participated in a jazz band. After the instrumental state examination in 1964 followed by a job as a solo soprano in the Radio Symphony Orchestra Leipzig (until 1982). His composition studies he continued in the evening studies at the Leipzig Music Academy until 1968 with Fritz Geissler .
In 1970 he founded the group New Music Hanns Eisler with the oboist Burkhard Glaetzner and six other musicians from the Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra . This special ensemble , which also included Schenker's brother, the drummer Gerd Schenker , became the most important interpreter of contemporary chamber music in the GDR's avant-garde . Together with Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky it also moved in the field of New Improvisation Music.
As a master student of Paul Dessau at the Academy of Arts (Berlin) from 1973 to 1975 Schenker received important impulses for his artistic motivation and aesthetics. His membership in the Berlin Academy of Arts from 1986 followed ten years later, the admission to the Saxon Academy of Arts and the Free Academy of the Arts (Leipzig) . He was until 1989 board member of the Association of Composers and Musicologists of the GDR.
Since 1982, Schenker worked as a freelance musician and composer as well as a consultant for New Music at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig (until 1989) and received teaching assignments for composition and improvisation at the University of Music and Performing Arts Leipzig . Since 1990 he lived in Berlin. From 2000 to 2002 he was a theater composer at the Staatstheater Kassel.
Friedrich Schenker died on 8 February 2013 after a serious illness in Berlin. He is buried in the cemetery of the Dorotheenstadt and Friedrichswerder communities.
Works for Percussion