Vita

Damian Scholl is a composer of both contemporary music for the concert hall and music for film and theater.

Damian Scholl, born 1988, began studying violin at the age of seven. From the very beginning of his musical education he had a keen interest in composing and performing his own music. While still in high school he performed regularly (as violinist and violist) with the Schweinfurter Streichquartett — with which he often performed works of his own. During this period he was awarded composition prizes from Jeunesses Musicales, the Orchesterwekstatt Halberstadt and the X. Weimarer Frühjahrstage der Neuen Musik.

Damian continued to pursue his interest in composition by enrolling in the University of the Arts (UDK) Berlin, where he studied from 2008-2013 with Daniel Ott and Walter Zimmermann. During his years at the UdK, Damian studied for a semester with David Fennessy at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Glasgow. This exposure to the school English and Scottish contemporary music proved to be important in Damian’s studies- many echoes of these traditions can be heard in his work.

Since 2011, Damian is a recipient of the notable scholarship Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. In 2014, Damian was awarded a scholarship to work and live in the Villa Wasmuth near Bonn. This was granted by the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes in cooperation with Beethoven Haus Bonn e.V. Recently, Damian has won the prize of Deutscher Musikwettbewerb 2015 in the category composition with his piece "Ghostbird" as well as the WDR Filmscore Award 2015. Damian recieved commissions by Deutschlandfunk, Deutscher Musikrat and Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker.

His oeuvre to this date includes works for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles, as well as bigger works including a chamber opera and works for symphonic orchestra. Damians works for film and concert hall treads off the beaten path. They distinguish themselves in their subtlety and sensibility.

Damian is based in Berlin.