Philipp BlumeVisiting Assistant Professor in Composition-Theory
B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Music from the University of California at Berkeley; Artists Diploma from the Freiburg Conservatory in Germany.
Philipp Blume is a composer of new chamber music whose works have been featured in cities throughout Europe and the Americas, including London, Paris, Berlin, Caracas, Buenos Aires, San Francisco, Freiburg, Stuttgart, Darmstadt, and the Banff Centre for the Arts.
In 1999 Philipp was a participant at the Voix Nouvelles Festival in Royaumont, France, and in 2003 he took part in the first Summer Workshop for Young Composers hosted by Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. Philipp spent the first five months of 2000 at the Herrenhaus Edenkoben on a composition stipend under the mentorship of Peter Eötvös, and in 2009 acted as composer-in-residence with the Ensemble-Akademie Villa Musica in Mainz. Philipp was the recipient of the 2005 Ferruccio Busoni promotional prize in Composition. Since 2000, Philipp has also worked as a translator at the biennial Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music.
Past collaborators include the composers slide quartet (West German Radio commission), duo Contour, Ensemble dal Niente, Argento Chamber Ensemble, Ensemble Villa Musica, Ensemble Ictus, Ensemble SurPlus, the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, sfSound Group, the modern art sextett, the Ensemble Spinoff, saxophonists Nathan Mandel and Kevin Juillerat, trombonist Andrew Digby, and pianist Sebastian Berweck. In January 2011 DeutschlandRadio Berlin produced a one-hour broadcast on Philipp’s recent compositional work.
Philipp was a student of Mathias Spahlinger in Freiburg until 1999, and in 2006 completed his doctoral studies under Cindy Cox at the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also recognized for outstanding work as an instructor. Since 2005, Philipp is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.