With a catalogue that now outnumbers 400 works, German composer Wolfgang Rihm ranks among the most prolific and versatile composers of the present era. Born in Karlsruhe in 1952, the musician wrote his first compositions at an early age. After studying music in his hometown and attending the famous Darmstadt Summer School, he pursued his musical training with Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne and Klaus Huber in Freiburg-im-Breisgau, where he also followed musicology seminars. Rihm himself soon became involved in educational activities, successively teaching in Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Munich and again in his hometown, where he has been a professor of composition since 1985. Since the summer of 2016, he has also been Artistic Director of the Lucerne Festival Academy: a fine achievement for this musician who has long enjoyed a close relationship with the Lucerne Festival. In his early works, Rihm was still under the influence of Webern, Stockhausen and Feldman. He later related to Wilhelm Killmayer, Helmut Lachenmann and in particular Luigi Nono, to whom he dedicated several of his works. In his most recent compositions, Wolfgang Rihm no longer claims any particular stylistic affiliation. His multifaceted oeuvre covers a wide range of works, ranging from chamber music to music theatre (nine productions including Dionysus after Nietzsche), orchestral music and numerous concertos. Rihm has already written several pieces for the cello, including Monodram (1982-83), Styx und Lethe (1997-1998) and Konzert in einem Satz (2005-05).