Enno Poppe

Enno Poppe (born 30 December 1969 in Hemer, North Rhine-Westphalia) is a German composer and conductor of classical music, and an academic teacher.

Enno Poppe
Born (1969-12-30) 30 December 1969
Hemer, Germany
OrganizationHochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler"


Enno Poppe studied composition and conducting at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin with Friedrich Goldmann and Gösta Neuwirth, among others. He studied sound synthesis and algorithmic composition with Heinrich Taube at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe.

Since 1998 he has conducted the ensemble mosaik for contemporary music in Berlin. He taught from 2002 to 2004 at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler". He received commissions from Salzburg Festival, Berliner Festwochen, Ensemble InterContemporain, The Louvre, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the SWR for the Donaueschinger Musiktage and the Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Poppe was a Stipendiat of the Villa Massimo in 1995/96,[1] and won an Ernst von Siemens Composers' Prize in 2004.[2]

His opera Arbeit Nahrung Wohnung (Work, Nourishment, Lodging) on a libretto of Marcel Beyer was premiered at the Munich Biennale in 2008.[3]

Since 2008 Poppe has been a member of the Academy of Arts, Berlin, since 2009 of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste and, since 2010, of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste.

Works (selection)

Stage works

  • IQ (2011/12). Text: Marcel Beyer
  • Arbeit Nahrung Wohnung (2006-2007) Text: Marcel Beyer
  • Interzone (2003/2004) Text: Marcel Beyer

Works for orchestra

  • Schnur (2019)
  • Fett (2018/19)
  • Welt (2011/12)
  • Markt (2008/2009)
  • Altbau (2007/2008)
  • Keilschrift (2006)
  • Obst (2006)

Works for ensemble

  • Rundfunk (2015–2018) for 9 synthesizers
  • Speicher (2008–2013)
  • Wald (2010) for four string quartets
  • Salz (2005)
  • Öl (2001–2004)
  • Holz (1999/2000) for clarinet and small ensemble
  • Dem Bones (1999/2000) for ensemble
  • Filz (Felt) for viola solo, 4 bass clarinets and strings (2014)

Chamber music

  • Feld (2007/17) for two pianos and two percussionists
  • Brot (2007/13) for five instruments
  • Schweiß (2010) for violoncello and keyboard or for four instruments
  • Zug (2008) for seven brass players
  • Tier (2002) for string quartet
  • Gelöschte Lieder (1996–99) flute, violin, violoncello and piano

Vocal music

  • Abend (2007) for four male voices and four trombones
  • Drei Arbeiten (2007) for baritone, horn, piano and percussion
  • Gold (2006) for mixed choir
  • Wespe (2005) for voice solo

Solo music

  • 17 etudes for flute (1993/2009)
  • Arbeit (2006/07) for virtual Hammond organ
  • Herz (2002) for violoncello
  • Thema mit 840 Variationen (1993/97) for piano


  1. List of award winners Archived April 13, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Villa Massimo.
  2. List of past winners of the Composers' Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  3. Archive notes to 2008 biennale, Munich Biennale.
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