- Bettina Brand
- and Roswitha Sperber
(b Grosshartmannsdorf, Saxony, June 22, 1926). German composer, harpsichordist and organist. She studied at the Leipzig Musikhochschule (1943–9), where her teachers included Johann Nepomuk David and Wilhelm Weismann (composition), Karl Straube and Günther Ramin (organ) and Anton Rohden and Rudolf Fischer (piano). From 1950 she taught at the Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule, Berlin, where she became professor for composition in 1984, the first woman in Germany to be so appointed. In 1970 she was elected to the DDR Akademie der Künste, where she gave a composition masterclass, and in 1990 she was made vice-president of the Berlin Akademie der Künste. As a performer of harpsichord and organ she has specialized in early English keyboard music, the music of J.S. Bach and contemporary music. Her many honours include the Hanns Eisler Prize (1968), the National Prize of the DDR (1975, 1982), the Heidelberg Women Artists' prize (...