|R. Lullus: Ars magna|
Photo by Ana Cayuel Muñoz
|Born in Osnabrück, Germany,
Tom Rojo Poller started out studying composition as pre-student at the
Hochschule für Musik Detmold. He continued his
studies at the University of the Arts Berlin (UdK) with Prof. Walter
Zimmermann. After spending a year studying at the Royal College of
Music London, he received first his composition diploma and, two years
later, his postgraduate exam (Meisterschüler) at the UdK Berlin. He
holds an M.A. in German Literature and Philosophy from Humboldt
University Berlin as well as a Ph.D. in Musicology. Currently he
teaches composition and music theory at both the University of the Arts Berlin and the Barenboim-Said Academy.|
Tom is especially interested in the temporal aspect of music (including polyrhythmical/polymetrical music); music theatre - or more generally, various forms of musical representation; the relation between music and language; the philosophy of music; and, recently, in a compositional approach which tries to incorporate external or non-musical material in an experienceable way, and therefore could be characterised as musical essayism.
Following an explicitly experimental approach, his music is at the same time deeply rooted in the western musical tradition and particularly influenced by its lesser known aspects (e.g. medieval and renaissance music, rhetorical aspects of baroque music as well as various forms of contemporary musical practices).
Tom's music has been performed at major festivals and institutions (such as MaerzMusik, Staatsoper Berlin) and was awarded numerous scholarships (among them residencies at the German Academy Rome; the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles; and the Cité des Arts Paris) and prizes (e. g. Arts Prize of the state of Brandenburg, GASAG Young Artist's Prize).