Discipline of Music

Ulrich Suesse

Ulrich Suesse

Name Ulrich Suesse
Position Honorary Academic
Email suesse@westmore.co.za
Campus Howard College Campus
Office Address

Ulrich Suesse is a retired Professor from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart, Germany, is an Honorary Artist at UKZN. Born 1944 in Gaildorf, Germany he completed his basic music studies at the University of Music in Stuttgart. Thereafter he furthered his studies in composition with Karkoschka, Stockhausen and Ligeti in Europe, 1969 as a DAAD-bursary holder in New York with Berio (Juilliard School), Wuorinen and Tanenbaum (Manhattan School of Music). Between1973 – 1976 he lectured composition at the University of Natal, where established the University’s original electronic music studio. In 1976 he returned to Europe to lecture in music theory and composition in Stuttgart until 2005.

In addition to other engagements (contract lecturer in experimental music at the University and State Academy for Visual Arts in Stuttgart, member of the Board of the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg, and free lance contractor to SDR (South German Broadcast Corporation)), his main activities are in the field of (electronic) music composition. He was invited as a guest lecturer in the USA, Europe, Philippines, South Africa, Korea and Australia and participated in festivals for electroacoustic music in Varadero, Cuba, (1985, 87, 89, 93, 98), Baltimore, USA (1988), Brno, CSFR (1991), Seoul (1993), Wrozlaw, Poland and Bourges, France (1994) and in Montreal (1995).

As a guest conductor he performed in Tainan, Taiwan (1985 and 88) and was artist in residence at the Studio PASS in New York (1986), the Washington Project of the Arts (1990), the Lee Strasburg Institute in Los Angeles (1993 and 96) and the Institute of Electronic Music in Bourges (2002). Ulrich Suesse has also been engaged in composing music for theatre and dance productions, and has constructed sound installations in the Museum of Technology in Mannheim and in the Berlin Museum of Communication.

His central credos in composition are to achieve the greatest possible freedom in musical structure and performance (his “..plus one”-series stands as a good example), to engage in teamwork and to not unnecessarily complicate matters for interpreters and performers. Amongst his 111 compositions to date, there are 22 collective compositions with Patrick Bebelaar, Jürgen Bräuninger, David Mason, Oliver Prechtl, Matthias Schneider-Hollek, Yehuda Yannay, Maceij Walczak and Rainer Wehinger.