Michael Obst | ensemble recherche - Composition

(c) Guido Werner, Maurice Korbel

24 – 27 July 2022

Unfortunately, this course had to be cancelled.

Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1955, Michael Obst first studied school music in Mainz from 1973 to 1978 and piano with Alfons Kontarsky and Aloys Kontarsky in Cologne from 1977 to 1982. From 1981 to 1986 he was a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, and from 1986 to 1989 he worked as a performer with Karlheinz Stockhausen. At the same time, between 1979 and 1986, he studied composition with Hans Ulrich Humpert in the Studio for Electronic Music at the Cologne University of Music. From 1997 to 2021 he was professor of composition at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar, and from 2010 to 2013 also at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Website

Ensemble Recherche
Since 1985, the members of ensemble recherche have dedicated themselves to the new and the unknown. Over a period of more than three decades, with over 600 world premieres and around 50 CD recordings, the Freiburg ensemble has shaped the musical present and written music history. The eight musicians are united by a great desire to experiment and an enthusiasm for the intensive examination of the present. The ensemble recherche is regularly invited to Europe's most renowned festivals and has performed at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, the Elbphilharmonie, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, the Venice Biennale, the Donaueschingen Music Festival, the Darmstadt Summer Courses and Wien Modern. International concert tours have taken the ensemble to Israel, Japan, China, Russia, Mexico, the USA and South America. In collaboration with both young and established composers, ensemble recherche sets impulses and has a significant influence on the development of contemporary music. Website

Master Class

The lessons take place individually and in groups. The participants work on creations they have brought with them and participate in the rehearsal of the compositions they have submitted in advance for the ensemble recherche.


Submission of three compositions (PDF) which must not be older than three years by 15 May 2022:

  • two compositions of your own choice
  • one composition as a chamber music work for the final concert with ensemble recherche. Instrumentation: flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and   piano. The composition must contain at least 3 of the listed instruments. Duration of this composition: maximum 10 minutes
  • short curriculum vitae

A jury together with Prof. Michael Obst will then select a maximum of eight participants for the master class. The participants guarantee a timely sending of the parts (PDF) of the selected work for the ensemble recherche until 10 June 2022.


23 July 2022 Arrival, 18:00 Uhr Meeting to get to know each other
24 July 2022 Master Class composition
10:00 Uhr Start of the course with ensemble recherche
25 July 2022 9:30 am – 11:00 am | work 1
11:15 am –12:45 pm | work 2
15:00 pm–16:30 pm | work 3
16:45 pm –18:15 pm | work 4
26 July 2022 9:30 am –11:00 am | work 5
11:15 am –12:45 pm | work 6
15:00 pm –16:30 pm | work 7
16:45 pm –18:15 pm | work 8
27 July 2022 10:00 am–13:30 pm dress rehearsal
19:30 pm: Final concert ensemble recherche with works by the participants, Festsaal Fürstenhaus

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Accommodation Offer

Period: 23 - 28 July 2022 (5 nights)

Leonardo Hotel

  • ½ Double room: 140 Euros (not incl. breakfast)
  • Single room: 240 Euros (not incl. breakfast)

Hotel Kaiserin Augusta

    ½ Double room: 175 Euros (incl. breakfast)
    Single room: 285 Euros (incl. breakfast)

Weimar Master Classes

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