Renate Birnstein

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Renate Maria Birnstein (born 17 November 1946) is a German composer, violinist and pianist. She was born in Hamburg, and studied at the Hochschule fur Musik with Diether de la Motte and György Ligeti, receiving her diploma in composition and piano in 1973.[1][2]

After completing her studies, Birnstein took a position teaching at the Hochschule fur Musik in Hamburg. Birnstein won the 1983 Prix de Rome.[3][4] Her music has been performed internationally.


Birnstein composes for orchestra, theater, chamber ensemble, choral and piano performance. Selected works include:

  • 'Villa Hassimo
  • Imaginations for orchestra, 1972
  • Ich rufe an mit meiner Stimme, 1981
  • Octet for flute, clarinet, trombone, viola, cello and two percussionists, 1985
  • Pranto ocre for baritone and piano to the text of the Brazilian poet Paes Loureiro, 2003
  • Les horloge, theater work
  • Les grains de sable, theater work


  1. ^ MacAuslan, Janna; Aspen, Kristan (1997). Guitar music by women composers: an annotated catalog. 
  2. ^ "Renate Birnstein". Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  3. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900. 
  4. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 28 January 2011. 

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