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date: 19 October 2019

Kelemen, Milkolocked

  • Rudolf Lück
  •  and Koraljka Kos


(b Slatina, Croatia, March 30, 1924). Croatian composer and conductor. He studied composition with Šulek at the Zagreb Academy of Music (1945–52), under Messiaen and Aubin in Paris (1954–5) and with Fortner at the Freiburg Musikhochschule (1960–61). He held a Humboldt Scholarship to study at the Siemens electronic studio in Munich from 1966 to 1968, and he spent the years 1968–9 in Berlin with the aid of a scholarship awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service. From 1970 to 1972 he was professor of composition at the Düsseldorf Conservatory. He took up a similar appointment at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule (1973–1989). In 1961 Kelemen founded the Zagreb Biennale and became its first president; in this and other ways he was largely responsible for paving the way for avant-garde music in Croatia. Awards made to him include the Beethoven Prize awarded by the City of Bonn (...

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