Gerd Kühr was born in 1952 at Maria Luggau in Carinthia, Austria.
Between 1972 and 1979, he studied history and music education, orchestral conducting with G. Wimberger, composition with J.F. Doppelbauer in Salzburg. He played in a piano duo in Austria and abroad. From 1979 to 1984, he was a professor of music theory and coach at the Cologne Opera. From 1980 to 1983, he studied composition with Hans Werner Henze; he has since worked on different projects with this composer (including the elaboration of the Viennese version of his ballet Orpheus). From 1984 to 1986, he worked for the Graz Opera. Since 1985 he has a teaching position at the Graz University of Music and Drama (Austria).
In 1988 took place the world premiere of his opera Stallerhof based on a play by F.X. Kroetz at the Munich Biennale. Between 1987 and 1989, he was the Artistic Director of the Youth Music Festival in Deutschlandsberg, part of the “styrian autumn”. From 1990 to 1992, he was the Artistic Director of the Composition Workshop of the Munich Biennale. Between 1992 and 1994, he was teaching composition as a guest professor at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Since 1994 he is teaching composition at the Graz University of Music and Drama.
As a composer he is played in Austria and abroad (including Vienna, Cologne, Munich, London, Paris, Rome and Moscow). He has received numerous commissions and prizes. He appears as orchestral and opera conductor in Austria, Italy, Germany, Russia and Guatemala.
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