Thomas Daniel Schlee

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Thomas Daniel Schlee (born October 26, 1957) is an Austrian composer, arts administrator, and organist.

Life and work[edit]

Thomas Daniel Schlee was born in Vienna and studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna with Michael Radulescu and Erich Romanovsky. He then earned a PhD in musicology and art history at Vienna University. During 1977-78, Schlee was an auditor in Olivier Messiaen's composition class in Paris and studied privately with composer and organist Jean Langlais. Upon returning to Austria, he also studied with noted Austrian composer Francis Burt.

Schlee has taught at a number of Austrian universities including the University of Music and Performing Arts, Vienna and Salzburg University.

He began his career as an arts administrator by serving as the artistic director of the International Bruckner Festival in Linz from 1990-98. He served as the deputy director of the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn from 1999-2003. In 2004, he became the director of the Carinthischer Sommer.

As a composer, Schlee has written works in all forms which have been widely performed and recorded by ensembles such as the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Warsaw Philharmonic. As an organist, he has made many recordings which have won awards including the Diapason d'Or and the German Record Critics' Award.

Major works[edit]

  • Three Marches, two Trios, and a Waltz, op. 88 (2015/17) for orchestra
  • String Quartet Nr.4, op. 86 (2014/15)
  • Suite, op. 82 (2012/13) for violin and piano
  • Symphony No.2, op. 81 (2010/13) for large orchestra
  • "Rufe zu mir", op. 80 (2011/12) for organ and large orchestra
  • Horai, op. 79 (2011/12) for organ and chamber orchestra
  • "Was wir sind", op. 77 (2010/11), cantata for children's choir and orchestra
  • Wachsende Bläue, op. 76 (2010), for two solo violins and string ensemble
  • String Trio, op. 75 (2008/11)
  • 2 Psalms, op. 74 (2004/10) for organ
  • "Tränen", op. 73 (2003/09), nine dances for piano
  • Concerto for piano and orchestra, op. 70 (2008)
  • "Ich, Hiob", op. 68 (2006/07), church opera
  • Sinfonia tascabile, op. 67 (2006) for orchestra
  • Konzertoverture, Musik für ein Fest, op. 64 (2005) for orchestra
  • Missa, op. 61 (2005) for baritone solo, mixed choir, brass, percussion, and organ
  • Die schöne Lau, op. 60 (2004) for soprano, speaker, and orchestra
  • String Quartet Nr. 3 "Tempus Floridum" op. 56 (2003)
  • und ich sah, op. 55 (2002–03) oratorio for soloists, chorus, and ensemble
  • Der Kreuzweg unseres Herrn und Heilandes, op. 52 (2001) for organ and string orchestra
  • Symphony No. 1, op. 51 (2000–01) for orchestra
  • De Profundis for viola and double bass, Op.43 (2000)
  • Der Esel Hesékiël, op. 46 (1998–99) for narrator and orchestra
  • Orchesterspiele, op. 45 (1997–98) for orchestra
  • Sonata da Camera, op. 42 (1996–97) for chamber orchestra
  • Licht, Farbe, Schatten, op. 38 (1995–96) for ensemble
  • Concertino, op. 36 (1995) for two piccolo trumpets (or oboes) and string orchestra
  • Wacht auf, Harfe und Saitenspiel, op. 35 (1994–95) for harp and string orchestra
  • Der Baum des Heils, op. 33 (1993–94), oratorio
  • Aurora, op. 32 (1992–93) for orchestra
  • Ricercar, op. 31 (1990–92) for orchestra
  • Cinq Pièces , op. 29 (1990–92) for organ
  • Das Feuer des Herrn, op. 27 (1989) cantata for soloists, children's chorus, and chamber orchestra
  • Alba for flute and viola, Op.26 (1986)
  • String Quartet Nr. 2 op. 21 (1983–85, rev. 1997)
  • ... und mit einer Stimme rufen, op. 20 (1987) for orchestra

Decorations and awards[edit]

  • 1982 Promotion Prize for Music of Vienna
  • 1983 First prize in the composition competition of the Berlin Liedertafel
  • 1985 winner of the Composition Competition of Erding
  • 1989 winner of the Organ Composition Competition "Olivier Messiaen" Bologna
  • 1990 Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters (France)
  • 1997 Joaquin Rodrigo Medal
  • 1998 Culture Prize of Upper Austria
  • 2002 Church Music Prize from the city of Neuss
  • 2003 Funding Prize for Music of the Austrian Federal Chancellery
  • 2005 Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters (France)
  • 2007 Cultural Medal of Upper Austria
  • 2010 Austrian Music Award
  • 2012 Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art[1]
  • 2015 Grand decoration of honour in gold of the Federal State of Carinthia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 2011. Retrieved 8 March 2013.

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