News 2009

Stifters Dinge at Armory in New York

the year 2009 ended with an enthusiastic response of both, audience and critics, after a series of sold-out-performances at the park avenue armory drill hall in the program NEW VISIONS of the Lincoln Centre. For reviews please check the Financial Times ( or New York Times,, Village Voice, ConcertoNet, Philadelphia Inquirer

Downloads backstage (pdf) NY Times (pdf) Village Voice (pdf) (pdf) Philadelphia Inquirer (pdf)

Stifters Dinge Makes U.S. Premiere 12/16-20 At Park Avenue Armory in New York

The work will have its U.S. premiere as part of Great Performers "New Visions" series with eight performances, December 16-20, in a specially-constructed theater in the Wade Thompson Drill Hall at Park Avenue Armory.

Downloads announcement lincoln center (pdf)

Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz

Heiner Goebbels has been elected to be a member of the "Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz" (Academy of Sciences and Literature, Mainz).

Black on White - New Staging in Prague

The ambitious czech BERG ORCHESTRA will produce a new version of the legendary music theatre piece "Schwarz auf Weiss" (Black on White, 1996) together with the team of directors "SKUTR". This production will be shown at the Strings of Autumn Festival in Prague, Sept. 29th and 30th and on Nov 9th and 10th

Edison Award for Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten

The CD Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten, released by ecm records will receive the Dutch EDISON AWARD in the category contemporary music on June 11th in The Hague.

Website relaunch

After 12 years - this website has started in 1997 - it was time for a complete renovation. Webdesigner Christopher Martin (CMCM) created not only a clear new look but used the latest web technologies for a fast and comfortable use while strictly adhering to web standards. This site is now built upon a database, offers a fast fulltext search function and is as well a showcase for Heiner Goebbels' latest projects as a quite complete archive of his works. We'll try to complete most of the essential categories soon, but would like to apologize for any inconvenience and errors within the next weeks, while we complete the transfer. To see what this page looked like 12 years ago click here.

Again Eislermaterial in Frankfurt

Künstlerhaus Mousonturm / Frankfurt Main will again present three performances of the legendary Eislermaterial with the Ensemble Modern and Josef Bierbichler

The Italian Concerto

In the fall 2005 the ambitious Angelica Festival in Bologna has organised a number of orchestra and ensemble concerts presenting the compositional work of Heiner Goebbels in northern Italy (Bologna, Modena, Reggio Emilia). Three of the orchestra recordings (Ou bien Sunyatta, Die Faust im Wappen, So that the blood dropped from the Earth) have just been released by I dischi di angelica together with a rare improvisation by Heiner Goebbels (piano) with Chris Cutler (percussion, electronics), which took place in that festival - called "The Italian Concerto".

Honours in London

In April Heiner Goebbels received the BBC Music Magazin Award 09 (category premiere recording) for the ecm CD Landschaft mit entfernten Verwandten and was awarded with a Honorary Fellowship the London Central School of Speech and Drama. After the ceremony 'with hat & gawn' he gave a key note on the conference "theatre noise"; the same evening at the Southbank Centre the London Sinfonietta and the Orchestra in the Age of Enlightenment performed together Songs of Wars I have seen in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Downloads PM Ehrungen London 2009 (pdf)

Performances 2009

In 2009 many performances can be seen worldwide: I went to the house but did not enter (France, USA, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and many others) as well as Songs of Wars I have seen (USA, UK), Stifters Dinge (France, Australia, USA) , Eraritjaritjaka (France, Germany, Sweden), Max Black (France) a.o.

Three American Premieres

In 2009 three major compositions / performances of Heiner Goebbels will be premiered in the USA. This series started already with Songs of Wars I have seen in St. Paul in the middle of January - enthusiastically received by the audience (and the correspondent of the New York Times who "again walked away stunned" after the concert). In March several performances of the latest music theatre piece I went to the house but did not enter will be premiered in Chapelhill, and in Decembre Lincoln Centre presents Stifters Dinge at the Park Avenue Armory.

Again Eraritjaritjaka in Frankfurt

photo Eraritjaritjaka photo Eraritjaritjaka At the Eastern weekend the german audience will have another chance to see again Eraritjaritjaka with Andre Wilms and the Mondriaan Quartett following words by Elias Canetti in Schauspiel Frankfurt. This music theatre production has been presented far more than hundred times all over the world and was awarded with six european theatre prizes since its creation in 2004.

into Pearl River Delta

Commissioned by Ensemble Modern and Siemens Arts Program for the project "into..." Heiner Goebbels will spend one month in the Pearl River Delta and conribute with a composition for the Ensemble Modern Concerts in October 2009 in Berlin and Frankfurt.