Alexander Mullenbach

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Alexander Mullenbach (born 1949) is a Luxembourg pianist, composer and conductor. Since 2002, he has been director of the International Summer Academy at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.[1]


Born in Luxembourg City on 23 January 1949, Mullenbach studied piano, chamber music and composition at the Conservatoire de Paris and at the Salzburg Mozarteum where his teachers included Gerhard Wimberger and Cesar Bresgen. From 1970, he taught piano at the Conservatoire de Luxembourg and, from 1981, composition. Since then, he has also taught at the Mozarteum. Since 1978, he has composed over 100 works, of which thirteen for symphony orchestra, as well as an Opera. They have been performed at major music festivals in Salzburg, Echternach, Strasbourg, St.Petersburg, London, Vienna and Munich.[2] Performers have included Heinrich Schiff, Boris Pergamenschikow, Marjana Lipovšek, Roberto Fabbriciani, Julius Berger, Alois Brandhofer, Irena Grafenauer, Elliot Fisk, Kurt Widmer, Edoardo Catemario, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Christina Ortiz, Ruggiero Ricci, Roberto Szidon, Edda Silvestri, Gottfried Schneider, Lewis Kaplan, Yair Kless, Frank Wibaut, Antonello Farulli, Frederico Mondelci, Maria Christina Kiehr, Yoko Amoyal, Elena Denisova, Velislava Georgieva, Françoise Groben, Michael Vaiman, Frank Stadler, Iride Martinez and the ensembles Wiener Streichsextett, Hagen Quartett, Atlas Quartett, Stadler Quartett, Camerata Salzburg, Musica Viva Dresden, Alter Ego Rome, Atelier Musique Nouvelle de Paris, Klangforum Wien, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, Wiener Kammerorchester, Philharmonische Virtuosen Berlin, Parnassus Ensemble London, Mozarteum Quartett Salzburg, Vilnius-Quartett, Pierrot Lunaire Ensemble Vienna, Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg; Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz, Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg"Les Musiciens", Kammerakademie Neuss/Rhein. Conductors who have directed his symphonic works include Ernest Bour, Leopold Hager, Hans Graf and Udo Zimmermann, David Shallon, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Philippe Entremont, Hubert Soudant, Hans Graf, Günter Neuhold, Antoni Wit, Emmanuel Krivine, Daniel Raiskin Jari Hämälainen, Jaap Schroeder, Pierre Cao, Johannes Kalitzke, Marc Soustrot, Sylvain Cambreling.


Memberships and affiliations[edit]

  • 1997: member of the Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea in Salzburg and of the Grand Ducal Institute in Luxembourg.
  • 1999: officer of the Order of Adolphe of Nassau, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
  • 2000: president of the Conseil Supérieur de la Musique in Luxembourg
  • 2002: director of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy in Salzburg.
  • 2007: artistic director of the Festival International Echternach, Luxembourg[4]
  • 2015: Doctor Honoris Causa of the Gheorghe Dima Music Academy in Cluj-Napoca, Romania [5]


Among his most successful compositions are:[1]

  • 1965: Three Winter Pieces for Piano (completed 1975)
  • 1974: Brixham 4 Songs for Mezzosopr. and Piano on Texts by Jean Krier (completed 1981)
  • 1981: Correspondences for Fl,Clar,Vl,Vc and Piano
  • 1982: Rituel for Trumpet,Vl and Perc.
  • 1987: Art Gallery, a musical society game, for Vl solo
  • 1987: Night Music for Piano solo (NMF)
  • 1987: Dream Music II for Fl,Clar,Vl,Vc,and Piano
  • 1987: Karma I for 2 Pianos
  • 1988: Lost Islands for Clar,Vl and Piano
  • 1991: Under the Rainbow (11 pieces for young pianists)(DO)
  • 1991: 3 Choral-Preludes for Organ
  • 1991: Schattenraum, 4 Songs for Mezzo-soprano und 10 Instruments on poems by Peter Härtling
  • 1992: Partita I for Violin solo (DO)
  • 1992: Fluidum for Clar. and Piano (DO)
  • 1994: Capriccio per Niccolò Paganini, per Violino solo (DO)
  • 1994: Streams for Vl,Double-Bass and Piano
  • 1995: Concerto for Violoncello and String Orchestra
  • 1996: 4 Miniatures for Flute and Piano
  • 1997: String Quartet I (Constructions in Metal)
  • 1997: An die Königin der Nacht, for Orchestra
  • 1998: Tombeau for Organ
  • 1998: 2 Songs on poems by Georg Trakl, for Medium Voice and Piano
  • 1999: Piano Quintet (Piano,2Vl,Vla,Vc)(DO)
  • 1999: Dark Crystal, for Orchestra
  • 2000: 5 Songs on poems by G. Ungaretti, for High voice and Piano
  • 2000: Fluidum for Sax.sopr. and Piano
  • 2000: Fluidum for Sax. alto and Piano
  • 2001: In den Wänden des Windes,for Mezzo-Soprano and String Quartet on poems by Brecht,Fleming and Marti
  • 2002: Aimez-vous...Brahms? for Violin solo
  • 2002: Zeit - Schatten (Quartett auf das Ende vom Lied) for Clar,Vl,Vc and Piano
  • 2002: Gesang des Schwarzen Vogels (Song of the Black Bird) for Clar. solo
  • 2003: Die Todesbrücke (The Bridge of Death) opera in 2 acts on a libretto by Dzevad Karahasan
  • 2004: Country Music for Violin and Marimba (NMF)
  • 2005: Conversations intimes for Violin and Double Bass
  • 2005: 3 Songs on poems by Claudia Storz, for Baritone and Guitar
  • 2006: String Quartet II
  • 2006: Partita II for Vcello solo
  • 2009: Das Haus am Watt, on a poem by Jean Krier, for Mezzo-Soprano, Clar. and Piano
  • 2009: Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra (NMF)
  • 2011: Kein Tier weiss um seinen Tod, on a poem by Claudia Storz,for Sopr.,Woodwind Quintet and Bass-Clar.
  • 2011: Pastorale for piano 4 hands
  • 2011: Partita III for Viola solo
  • 2012: In den Wind gesungen for oboe solo
  • 2012: Concerto for Organ and String Orchestra
  • 2013: Aura - Salve Regina de Pontigny, for Vcello solo and 16 voices a capella

The works by Alexander Müllenbach are published by Doblinger Edition Vienna (Do)and by Norsk Musik Forlaget Oslo (NMF)

Several CD publications, among them: Alexander Müllenbach – Wie Haar, das über Steine rinnt und andere Kammermusik (5 450482 001265) CNA Dudelange-Luxembourg © by United Instruments of Lucilin

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mullenbach, Alexander", Luxemburger Lexikon, Editions Guy Binsfeld, Luxembourg, 2006. (in German)
  2. ^ "Alexander Müllenbach (Luxembourg/Austria)", Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Alexander Mullenbach", Luxembourg Music Information Centre. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Alexander Mullenbach", Music Information Center Austria. (in German) Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-07-03. Retrieved 2016-06-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)