Carola Bauckholt (*1959 in Krefeld), after working for several years at the Krefeld Theater am Marienplatz (TAM), studied with Mauricio Kagel at the Cologne Academy of Music from 1978 to 1984. In 1985 she founded the Thürmchen Verlag with Caspar Johannes Walter, and in 1991 the Thürmchen Ensemble.
In 2013 she was elected a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, and since November 2021 she has been director of the music section. In 2015, she was appointed professor of composition with a focus on contemporary music theater at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria. In 2020, she was elected a member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences and Arts.
A central moment of Carola Bauckholt’s works is the reflection on the phenomenon of perception and understanding. Her compositions often mix elements of visual art, music theater and concert music. For this purpose, she likes to make use of noisy sounds, which are often produced by unusual means and are not incorporated into a given compositional grid, but are observed and continued in their free unfolding.
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