Staud, Johannes Maria
- Daniel Ender
(b Innsbruck, Aug 17, 1974). Austrian composer. He studied at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna, from 1994 to 2001 with Michael Jarrell (composition), Dieter Kaufmann (electro-acoustic composition) and Iván Eröd (harmony and counterpoint). In addition, he attended the Hochschule des Landes Berlin in 2000 where he studied composition with Hanspeter Kyburz. Staud has attended several masterclasses with Ferneyhough and others, and has received numerous awards and honours. In 2006 he was featured composer at Tanglewood Summer School. He was also Daniel Lewis Young Composer Fellow of the Cleveland Orchestra 2007–9 and has been appointed Capell-Compositeur of the Staatskapelle Dresden 2010–11.
In Staud’s music, various inspirations from literature, visual arts, film and both natural and human sciences are apparent. As Staud himself says, he pursues a primarily ‘inductive’ compositional method by developing a basic nucleus of motivic development, harmony and tone color. Aesthetically allied with the post-serialist avant-garde, Staud often applies a deliberately reduced concentration in texture through the use of sparse instrumental motives, sometimes with live electronics or pre-recorded tape. Many of his pieces establish several distinct levels of complexity or style. Beginning with specific confrontations such as between intricate and simple events, these levels may interfuse and even amalgamate. Most notably, continuous conflicts in form appear while, at the same time, contrasts are embedded. This is apparent in ...