Theo Brandmüller

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Theo Brandmüller (2 February 1948, in Mainz – 26 November 2012,[1] in Saarbrücken) was a German contemporary classical composer, organist and teacher.[2]


Brandmüller studied composition with Giselher Klebe, Mauricio Kagel, Cristobal Halffter and Olivier Messiaen, and the organ with Gaston Litaize.[3]

He was elected as Professor of Composition at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in 1979.[4] His pupils included the composers Lin Wang, Javier Party, Marc Schubring and Karola Obermüller, and the organist Dan Zerfaß.


  • 1977: Composition Prize of the City of Stuttgart
  • 1979: Rome Prize of the Villa Massimo
  • 1986: Kunstpreis des Saarlandes


  1. ^ Sudden death of German composer Archived 16 March 2014 at
  2. ^ Neue Musikzeitung online. Komponist, Organist und Hochschullehrer: Theo Brandmüller ist tot. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ Oxford Music Online. Theo Brandmüller article. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
  4. ^ Boosey and Hawkes. Short biography and worklist. Retrieved 14 December 2012.