Potrait Ellen Fellmann

Ellen Fellmann • Composer • Director • Videoartist

Ellen Fellmann works in the intesection of musical and visual composition. Born in Germany (BRD) in 1968. Study of music, classical vocal art and piano in Munich, scientific study of musicology and philosophy in Munich and Berlin, Humboldt-Universität (Magister with distinction), guest auditor at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb). Composition for film and theatre 1994-2000. Endeauvouring to search for equal forms of communication in the intersection of music and film/ video since 1999 (audiovisual compositions). In 2003 study of electroacoustic music at Elektronisches Studio der Technischen Universität Berlin (with Folkmar Hein).

Grant from Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin 2003. Guest artist/ composer at the Electronic Studio of the Technical University Berlin in 2003-2005, 2007/08 and 2011, start with electroacoustic multi-channel composition/ spatialisation and audiovisual multi-channel composition in 2003. Bursary for International Summercourse for New Music Darmstadt 2004 (with Chaya Czernowyn). Artist-in-residence grant from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Résidences internationales aux Récollets Paris in 2006. Grant from Edith-Ruß-Haus Oldenburg for Mediaart and Stiftung Niedersachsen in 2007/2008. Award of IMEB/France in 2007, concours SPOR Denmark 2011.

Since 2002 also videodirector for concert- and operafilms and music documentaries. In 2005-06 many prizes and a nomination for Prix Rose d’Or Luzern 2007 for the realization of six outstanding classical symphonies in collaboration with Kent Nagano and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin („Kent Nagano conducts classical Masterpieces“). Video director of the opera „Alice in Wonderland“ by Unsuk Chin, (worldpremière), opener at Opernfestspiele of Staatsoper Munich, mise en scène by Achim Freyer. 2010 musicdocumentary „Musik ohne Heimat“ on Hanns Eisler (60min) with Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln (WDR). From 2008-2013 she realized the live-concertrecording including visuals for the youth-concert series „3-2-1 Ignition“ with Düsseldorfer Symphoniker three times a year, comissioned by Tonhalle Düsseldorf.

In 2007/ 2008 start of teaching assignments (musical and audiovisual composition) at german universities/ academies. Since 2010 regular Lecturer at University of Arts in Bern/ Swizzerland in the course of studies „Music and Mediaart“ and „Master of Contemporary Arts Practice“.

In 2015 she initiated and curated the exhibition and concertproject EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS which she realized with support by HKF Berlin, Swiss Foundation Pro Helvetia, HKB Bern and TU Berlin at Kunstquartier Bethanien and Radialsystem V Berlin in March 2015.
Have a look on www.extended-compositions.de

Selected Presentations, Performances, Festivals
_1999
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Berlinale) Shortfilmsection
_2000
VideoArt Festival Locarno / Switzerland
_2001
Maison de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal Montréal / Canada
_2003
European Media Art Festival Osnabrück (EMAF)
_2003
Künstlerhaus Vienna / Austria during the exhibition abstraction now
_2004
Kunsthalle Darmstadt during the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt
_2005
Sophiensaele Berlin during the Festival Ultraschall. Festival für Neue Musik
_2005
ZKM Karlsruhe during the Festival Next generation
_2006
Maison de l’architecture, Paris. Presentation of audiovisual electroacoustic compositions.
_2006
New York Film Festivals, Certificate of Excellence as Director /„Monumente der Klassik“
_2006
Hot Bird Award Venice, Jury Special Award as Director /„Monumente der Klassik“
_2007
34. International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, IMEB Bourges
_2007
Nomination for Prix Rose d’Or Lucerne as Director with „an Alpine Symphony“ by R. Strauss
_2008
eXperimental Video Series New York, USA
_2008
Edith-Ruß-Haus für Medienkunst, Oldenburg, Première of „Schwarz“ with Oh-Ton Ensemble
_2009
T-U-B-E Munich during long night of music together with Christina Kubisch
_2009
Archizoom Lausanne/ Suisse - Exhibition Corps sonore - Architecture et son
_2009
Beethovenfest Bonn – Competition Look at Beethoven
_2010
Ohrenstrand Berlin/ Pfefferberg. Portraitconcert with Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
_2011
Bremen, The Look of Sound as Director with Musicdocumentary „Musik ohne Heimat“
_2011
Gran Dansk Theater Aarhus, Competition SPOR/ Aarhus Denmark, Festival for contemporary music
_2012
Borusan Music House Istanbul/ Turkey, in the course of Radial Night
_2014
New York City Festival of Electroacoustic Music NYCEMF/ USA
_2015
Exhibition NeueZugänge at Gedok gallery Berlin (27.02.-12.04.2015)
_2015
Kunstquartier Bethanien Berlin exhibition EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS (07-29.03.2015)
_2015
Radialsystem V Berlin Concert EXTENDED COMPOSITIONS (15.03.2015)
_2015
Gedok gallery Berlin exhibition FINSTERNIS (06.11.2015-23.01.2016)