Matthus, Siegfried (*1934)

Siegfried Matthus manages to meet prevailing listening habits halfway without falling into compromises or clichés. For a long time Matthus was the most frequently performed contemporary composer in the GDR. He began building a broader base of listeners in the West in the 1970s. Matthus has always devoted a great deal of time to his pedagogical interests. His personal accomplishment in this domain is the "Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg" (Rheinsberg Palace Chamber Opera) which he founded in 1991. It has taken him only a few years to turn this summer festival into a highly regarded springboard for "stars of tomorrow" from all over the world.
(from the jury text of the Association of German Critics, 1998)

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