Dieter Kaufmann


1941 born in Vienna, grew up in Carinthia, studied composition and electro-acoustic music in Vienna under Karl Schiske and Gottfried von Einem and in Paris under Olivier Messiaen, René Leibowitz, Pierre Schaeffer and François Bayle. From 1970 to 2006 Kaufmann has taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna two master classes, one in composition (since 1990) and one in electro-acoustic composition (since 1997). Since 2001 he has been president of the Society for Composers’ Mechanical Rights, Austro-Mechana.

In 1975 with his wife Gunda König he founded the „K&K Experimentalstudio“. This musical theater ensemble has made numerous tours in Europe, North and Latin America, Egypt and Taiwan. From 1982 – 87 K&K had its own series on ORF, Austrian state radio: „What shall I do with the sound in my hand?“

Kaufmann has composed works in several fields of music: chamber music, symphonic music, vocal music, musical theatre (six operas and number of multi-media works), electro-acoustic music and live electronic music as well as in the applied arts. He has won numerous national and international prizes, including Ernst Krenek Prize of the City of Vienna, the Prix Magisterium de Bourges/France, the Carinthian Kulturpreis and the Music Award of the Republic of Austria.