Hajdu was born in 1960 to Hungarian parents who had fled their country in 1956. He grew up in Cologne where he obtained diplomas in molecular biology and musical composition from the University of Cologne and the Cologne Musikhochschule, resp. A stipend by the German Academic Exchange Service enabled him to enter the graduate program in composition at the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, working closely with the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and eventually obtaining a Ph.D. in 1994. His teachers include Georg Kröll, Johannes Fritsch, Krzysztof Meyer, Clarence Barlow, Andrew Imbrie, JorgeLiderman and David Wessel. He also audited classes with György Ligeti in Hamburg.

In 1996, following residencies at IRCAM and the ZKM, Karlsruhe, he co-founded the ensembleWireWorks, a group specializing in the performance of electro-acoustic music. In 1999, he produced his full-length opera Der Sprung – Beschreibung einer Oper for which renowned author and filmmaker Thomas Brasch wrote the libretto. In May 2002, his Internet performance environment was employed in a Munich Biennale opera performance and in the same year  Georg Hajdu became professor of multimedia composition at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater, where in 2004 he established Germany’s first master’s program in multimedia composition as well as in 2012 the center for microtonal music and multi-media (ZM4). In 2005, he co-founded the European Bridges Ensemble—an ensemble entirely dedicated to local and wide-area network performance.

In 2010 he was composer in residence with the Goethe Institute in Boston as well as visiting professor at Northeastern University, and master-minded the first conference entirely dedicated to the Bohlen-Pierce scale. He was also involved in a number of large international projects such as CO-ME-DI-A—a European Culture 2007 project focussing on networked music performance and contributed to the installation of the Hochschule’s wave-field synthesis system in 2011.

In addition to his compositions, which are characterized by a pluralistic attitude and have earned him several international prizes, the IBM-prize of the Ensemble Modern among them, Georg Hajdu published articles on several topics on the borderline of music and science.


Georg Hajdu, geboren 1960 in Göttingen ist ein deutscher Komponist ungarischer Abstammung. Nach Studien in Köln und am Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) in Berkeley, USA, promovierte er an der University of California, Berkeley. Unter seinen Lehrern befinden sich Georg Kröll, Johannes Fritsch, Krzysztof Meyer, Klarenz Barlow, Andrew Imbrie, Jorge Liderman und David Wessel. Außerdem war er Gasthörer bei György Ligeti in Hamburg.

Er gründete 1996 nach weiteren Aufenthalten am IRCAM in Paris und dem ZKM in Karlsruhe zusammen mit der Pianistin Jennifer Hymer, das Ensemble WireWorks, das sich auf die Aufführung live-elektronischer Musik spezialisiert hat. 1999 produzierte er in Münster seine abendfüllende Oper Der Sprung – Beschreibung einer Oper, zu der der Schriftsteller und Filmemacher Thomas Brasch das Libretto verfasst hat. Im Mai 2002, kam seine interaktive vernetzte Performanceumgebung bei einer Opernproduktion der Münchener Biennale zum Einsatz.

Zu seinen Interessens- und Forschungsgebieten gehören Multimedia, Mikrotonalität, algorithmische Komposition, Echtzeit-Interaktion und der Einsatz von Netzwerken in der Musik. Seit 2002 ist Georg Hajdu Professor für multimediale Komposition an der Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg. 2010 war er Visiting Professor an der Northeastern University und Artist in Residence am Goethe-Institut in Boston. Er hat an vielen Orten in Europa, Nord- und Südamerika sowie Asien Vorträge und Workshops gehalten und war als Komponist und Computermusiker bei zahlreichen Konzerten und Festivals beteiligt.

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