Growing up in Vienna Volkmar Klien (*1971, Hollabrunn, A) spent his childhood engulfed in the city’s rich musical life with all its glorious traditions and engrained rituals. Working from this background Volkmar Klien today strives to extend traditional practices of composing, producing and listening far beyond the established settings of concert music. He works in various areas of the audible and occasionally inaudible arts navigating the manifold links in-between the different modes of human perception, the spheres of presentation and the roles these play in the communal generation of meaning.

His works have been widely recognized, exhibited, performed and presented. He has received commissions from institutions truly varied in nature. For the Volksoper Wien (Vienna, A) he composed music to a full evening ballet, the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) (Troy, USA) invited him to produce multi-channel electronic sound works and for Transitio_MX (Mexico City, MX) he produced a mixed media installation acoustically surveying landscapes. In his installation Aural Codes he turned the radio sphere over London into his exhibition space inviting residents to tune in and also interact.

Throughout his career he has collaborated with his choreographer brother Michael on numerous performative projects exploring relationships between sound, bodily movement and human communication. Works stemming from this ongoing collaboration have been produced and presented at the ZKM Karlsruhe, Ballet Frankfurt, the Hayward Gallery London, and - most recently - by the Martha Graham Company in co-operation with the New Museum (NY).

Volkmar Klien’s work has been awarded numerous prizes and awards, amongst these are the Media Arts Prize of the City of Vienna, State Scholarships for Composition of the Republic of Austria, an Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, the Max Brand Prize for Electronic Music, the Scholarship of the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, the Alban Berg Stipendium and the Gustav Mahler Prize for Composition.

In his artistic work Volkmar Klien can draw on experience gained in academic research. Having received a PhD in electroacoustic composition from the City University London he has held research positions at the Royal College of Arts in London, the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI) and the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He is a professor for composition and director of the institute for composition, conducting and computer music at the Anton Bruckner University (Linz, Austria).

Performances and presentations

Mumok Wien / Belvedere (Wien) / Martha Graham Company (NY) / EMPAC (Troy, USA) / Habitación del Ruido (Mexico City, MX) / Ars Electronica Festival (AT) / Hayward Gallery (London) / Transitio_MX (Mexico City, MX) / Wien Modern (Vienna, A) / Nweamo (Morelia, MX) / Kunstradio (ORF Ö1) / Visiones Sonoras (Mexico City, MX) / Dublin Fringe Festival/ev+a (Limerick, IRL) / Daghdha Dance Company (Limerick, IRL) / Ballett Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, D) / Volksoper Wien (Vienna, A) / Hoxton Hall (London, GB) / Futuresonic (Manchester, GB) / Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (Huddersfield, GB) / En Red (Barcelona, E) / Portobello Festival (London, GB) / Sound Escape Festival (Peterborough, CDN) / Musikverein Wien (Vienna, A) / ICA (London, GB) / Send+Receive (Winnipeg, CDN) / Futura (Crest, F) / Grabenfesttage (Vienna, A) / Beckonings (Stanford, USA) / New Music North West (Olympia, USA) / Corfu Electronic Music Festival (Corfu, GR)


Solo Shows:

Belvedere Wien / Oberes Belvedere Carlone Contemporary
Wien Modern / Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Raum Lentos (Linz)

Mariendom, Ars Electronica Festival (Linz)

Galerie Schallform (Wien)
Ohrenhoch (Berlin)

Stift Melk (Melk, Austria)

Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (Troy, NY)

Habitación del Ruido (Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, Mexico DF)

Klangraum Krems (Krems, Austria)

Permanent Breakfast Gallery (Vienna, Austria)

IDEA (Manchester, UK)

Hoxton Hall (London, UK)

Group Shows:

Eremitage St.Petersburg, „Ethereal Aether“
Digital Arts Zurich DA-Z

Digital Arts Zurich DA-Z

Ars Electronica

Social Glitch (Tonspur, Wien)
Out of phase (Moë, Wien)

Intime Räume (IMA, Hainburg, Ö)

Niederösterreichisches Dokumentationszentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst

reheat – Kleylehof
listening comprehension – Paraflows 2012

Mantisfestival / Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama (Manchester, UK)
Pushfestival (Gävle, Sweden)

Filament (EMPAC, Troy, NY)

Transitio MX (Fonoteca Nacional, Mexico City)
ars electronic (Linz, Austria)

Semperdepot / Wien Modern (Wien, Österreich)
NWEAMO (Morelia, Mx)

Eva+ (Limerick, Ireland)

TEST Kirklees New Media Centre (Huddersfield, UK)

The Lowry (Salford, UK)

Prizes, commissions and scholarships (selecion)

Media Arts Prize of the City of Vienna / Austrian State Scholarship for Composition / Ars Electronica – Honorary Mention / Media Arts Prize of the State of Lower Austria / Theodor Körner Prize for Relative Realities / Max Brand Prize for Aural Codes / Commissions for Einem and Duplex by Ballett Frankfurt / Commission for Nodding Dog by Volksoper Wien / Commission for Padded Perception by The Lowry / Scholarship of Alban Berg Foundation / Composition Scholarship of Vienna Symphonic Orchestra / Composition prizes of the City of Vienna, the City of Klagenfurt (Gustav Mahler Prize) and the State of Lower Austria