Georg Katzer, German composer, Died at 84

Georg Katzer was born on January 10, 1935, born in Habelschwerdt, Lower Silesia in 1935 and died on May 7, 2019.

He was a German composer.

Georg Katzer was a renknowne pioneer of electronic new music in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany or GDR).

Katzer took classes in piano, music theory.

He also studied composition with Rudolf Wagner-Régeny and Ruth Zechlin at the Hanns Eisler Hochschule für Musik in East Berlin, (1954 to 1960).

Katzer studied with Karel Janáček. in Prague, from 1957 to 1958.

Hanns Eisler and Leo Spies from the German Academy of the Arts was his postgraduate teacher in Berlin( Klingberg 2001).

Katzer started freelancing as a composer and musician in the early 60’s.

He worked in electronic-music studios from 1976 to 1977 in Bratislava and Paris.

During 1978, he has been a member in the Academy of the Arts in East Berlin (Klingberg 2001).

In the year 1982 he founded the Studio for Electroacoustical Music affiliated with the Music Department of the Academy of the Arts (the first studio of this kind in the GDR), whose artistic director he remained until 2005.

In 1987 he was appointed Professor and subsequently taught a masterclass in composition at the Academy of the Arts.

He served as the President of the German Section of the C.I.M.E. (International Council for Electroacoustical Music)(1988 to 1991).

From 1990 to 2001 Katzer was a presiding member of the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council, a member of the International Music Council).

He resided in Zeuthen near Berlin.

Georg Katzer passed away at 84 years old.