- Bettina Brand
(b Dessau, Sept 23, 1964). German composer. She entered H.J. Wenzel’s composition class for children at the age of 12 and later studied at the Dresden Musikhochschule (1983–7) where her teachers included Udo Zimmermann (composition) and Rudolf Neuhaus (conducting). While teaching at the Dresden Akademie für Musik und Theater (1987–92) she completed her training at the Berlin Akademie der Künste (1988–91) in Dittrich’s masterclass. In 1994 she co-founded the Compagnie de Quatre, a Franco-German ensemble for which she has composed and played the recorder. Her honours include the Hanns Eisler Prize of Berlin Radio (1990) for her String Trio, the Heidelberg Women Artists’ prize (1998) and a residency at the Villa Massimo, Rome (1999). Her over 40 works vary in character from extreme concision of method and reduction of material to outright asceticism. Her compositions grow out of motivic cells that are explored and developed through advanced performance techniques. ...