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Nikolai Zinke

Nikolai Zinke was born in 1978 in Hamburg.
He attended piano lessons at the age of 13, among others with
Julius Taechl, later from 1996 until 1998 as a so-called „Jungstudent“
with Prof. Mathias Weber at the Conservatory of Hamburg. First he
wrote little pieces, especially for piano, but more and more he tried
to extend his work to chamber music and even bigger compositions.
Encouraged by some music teachers of his grammar school, Nikolai
Zinke took part in several workshops dealing with composition:
The most important courses and workshops in that period were a
supporting course from Jeunesses Musicales (Schloss Weikersheim
- „Jugend komponiert“) and the Orchesterwerkstatt für junge
Komponisten Halberstadt. He took intensive classes in composition
and music theory with Hans-Jürgen von Bose, Theo Brandmüller,
Georg Katzer, Hans-Jürgen Wenzel, Michael Denhoff and Martin
Christoph Redel. He won several prizes (for example, the Andreas-
Werkmeister-Preis at the Orchesterwerkstatt in Halberstadt in 1998;
the Bundeswettbewerb Jugend komponiert in 1997 and in 1999) and
once got a performance at the Schleswig-Holstein-Musik-Festival.

After his social service (1997-1998) he started studying composition
in autumn 1998 at the Hochschule für Musik Berlin Hanns Eisler with
Prof. Hanspeter Kyburz.

During these classes he discovered the field of algorithmic composition,
electro-acoustic music and live-electronics; additionally supported by
Prof. Wolfgang Heiniger, he continued studying dramaturgy for music
theatre and stage in connection with live-electronic music and
(partly) video.

Since autumn 2003, Nikolai Zinke has been studying music theory with
Prof. Jörg Mainka at the HfM Berlin as well; he passed the examination
with a diploma in January 2005. Furthermore, he has been studying
musicology at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and  communication
studies and history of art at the Technische Universität Berlin since
April 2005; moreover, he has been attending the one-year sonology
course in Den Haag (Netherlands) in order to intensify his knowledges
about acoustics and electronic music.

The following prizes and performances during the study period are
important: he was winner of the Hanns-Eisler-Preis (twice, in 2000
and in 2003), he got the 2. prize at the competition of the „Lions Club
Berlin“ in 2002, the 1. prize at Piano-composer Cup in 1999, and he
had performances at the Ultraschall-Festival für Neue Musik in Berlin.
In March 2007 he was awarded for the Berliner Opernpreis 06 and
selected as one of the three winners.