Discipline: Music Composition

Carl Bettendorf

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Bronx, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 2016

Carl Christian Bettendorf is a composer and conductor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied composition with Hans-Jürgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm in Munich and Karlsruhe before moving to New York, where he received his doctorate from Columbia University under Tristan Murail.

Bettendorf’s works have been played at many prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. He has received numerous awards, among them a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and commissions from the Fromm Foundation and the Ralph Kaminsky Fund.

As a conductor, Mr. Bettendorf has worked with ensembles in New York (Wet Ink and Talea Ensemble) and abroad (Piano Possibile in Munich, Ostravská banda in the Czech Republic), and is currently director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra in Purchase, NY. He recently conducted opera productions at Bard College and the Opéra national de Montpellier in France and has served as assistant conductor for the Columbia University and American Composers orchestras, Miller Theatre, and the Munich Biennale. Bettendorf has recorded for the Albany, ArtVoice, Carrier, Cybele, Hat Hut, and Tzadik labels.


Monday Music

Carl Bettendorf worked in the Monday Music studio.

Given to the residency by the Monday Music Club of Orange, NJ, Monday Music Studio is sited next to an enormous boulder deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago. A small dormer once pierced the east slope of the roof, but after damage suffered in the 1938 hurricane, the roof was rebuilt without the dormer. The interior…

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