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Holz studied composition with Ruben Seroussi in Tel Aviv. From 2003 to 2011 he studied composition with Hanspeter Kyburz and electronic music with Wolfgang Heiniger at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin, where since 2008 he has taught Algorithmic Composition with OpenMusic and Common Music.
His works have been performed in Germany, Switzerland, Israel, Spain and Australia, by Ensemble Adapter, Ensemble Zafraan, Modern Art Sextet, Trio Nexus, Ensemble Risonanze Erranti, Israel Contemporary Players, Ensemble Meitar and others, as well as broadcast on the national German public broadcaster Deutschlandradio and on Hessischer Rundfunk.
Since 2014 he has been a member of the Academy of German Composers (Akademie Deutscher Musikautoren)
Grants & Awards
The Hanns Eisler Prize in Composition, in the category "Competition for Composition and Performance of Contemporary Music", 2005, 2008 and 2010.
Nominated in 2012 for the German Music Authors' Prize, in the category "Promotion of young composers".
In 2012 he received the half-year residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts for 2013 in Paris (a scholarship of the Senate of Berlin).
In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he was awarded composition scholarships from the Senate of Berlin.
2017 Composer-in-residence at the German national broadcasting radio station - Deutschlandfunk
Eres Holz draws inspiration from engagement with extra-musical disciplines such as psychology and film. His composition LATAH (2006/07) was inspired by research into the Malaysian mental disorder of that name. Weisse Wunden (2008) is based on text by the Belgian director Jan Fabre. Holz makes this extra-musical content collide with semi-strict, intra-musical organizing principles developed using algorithmic models. In addition, Holz uses electronic sounds, often referencing a musical archaicism, which he contrasts with highly expressive instrumental gestures.
List of Works (selection)
- Ostrakon (2017) miniatur for clarinet, accordion and string quartet
- MACH (2017) for pipe organ; Commissioned by Deutschlandfunk
- MACH (2017) for solo clarinet and Live electronics
- Schakalkopf (2016) for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello
- Kataklothes (2015) for large Ensemble; Commissioned by the Zafraan Ensemble, funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
- Kaddisch nach Allen Ginsberg (2015) for Baritone singer, flute, oboe, trumpet, harp, electric guitar and percussion; Project "Mekomot-Orte": artistic director Sarah Nemtsov; Funded by the German Cultural Foundation, the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" and the German Music Council in cooperation with the Deutschlandfunk
- Chaconne (2014) for 6 instruments; commissioned by Meitar Ensemble
- Nemesis (2014) for 12 instruments; commissioned by the Berlin Cultural Administration (2014); collaboration with Ensemble Risonanze Erranti (Conductor: Peter Tilling)
- Study 1 in Markov-Chains (2014) coded in Common Music
- Vier Schatten (2013) for brass quintet; commissioned by the Berlin Cultural Administration (2013); collaboration with Ensemble Schwerpunkt
- MACH (2012/13) for piano solo (dedicated to the international pianist Einav Yarden)
- Sich einstellender Sinn (2011) for mezzo-soprano, keyboard and live-electronics (lyric: Asmus Trautsch)
- MACH (2011) for trumpet solo
- Erd und Abgrund muss verstummen (2010) for keyboard, cello and live-electronics
- Trällernde Erinnerung (2010) for flute, clarinet, viola, piano and percussion
- Quartett (2009) for flute, clarinet, viola and piano
- Quintett (2009) for flute, clarinet, viola, piano and harp
- Weiße Wunden (2008) music theatre for three trumpets and video
- BLACK BOX (2007) for flute, piano and percussion
- LATAH (2006–07) for 15 musicians and live-electronics
- Moiré (2006–07) for accordion and clarinet
- Transmigration (2006) for fixed media
- Perspektiven (2005) for eleven musicians
- Zirkulationen (2004) for piano solo
- Frauen von Freunden (2003) for tenor, piano, harpsichord and harp (text: Kurt Tucholsky)