Biography

Curriculum Vitae

Kai Johannes Polzhofer was born in Munich (Germany) in 1989. The German-Austrian composer received his earliest composition lessons with Prof. Kay Westermann and many years of instrumental training in trumpet and piano as well as conducting among others with Martina Bauer (Musikhochschule München) and Markus Rainer (Munich Philharmonic). Between 2004 and 2008 he attended also the philosophy department of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich as a guest student. After graduating from classical grammar school under Benedictines in St. Ottilien (Bavaria), he continued his studies in philosophy, music theory and composition at the Universities and Conservatories of Graz (Austria) and Leipzig (Germany). 2013 he graduated both with high distinction from University Leipzig (B.A. in philosophy) and Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (Diploma in composition). Fellowships and prizes (Austromechana, Academy Schloss Solitude, International Summeracademy Prag, Wien, Budapest, Francis Boott Price). He received a national scholarship (“Deutschlandstipendium”) and is the cofounder and artistic advisor of forma Leipzig. Polzhofer's music was broadcasted in Austria and Germany (Ö1, MDR) and has been performed by ensembles like Ensemble forma Leipzig, Ensemble Mosaik, Calithumpian Consort and Ensemble Surplus. He is author of articles about musicological and compositional topics and publishes regularly i.a. in “Musik und Ästhetik” and "New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century". He currently undertakes a PhD in Composition at Harvard University (Cambridge). Polzhofer’s music is published by Edition Gravis (Berlin).