Martin Herchenröder, composer, organist and scholar, has been Professor of Music at the University of Siegen since 1994.
His compositions have been performed in Europe, Asia and America by the Augsburger Philharmoniker, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Philharmonia Hungarica, the Bowling Green Philharmonia, OH, USA, the NCPA-Orchestra Beijing, the Tienjin Symphony Orchestra, China and other orchestras, as well as soloists such as Camilla Hoitengaga, Camilla Hoitenga and others. Camilla Hoitenga and Carin Levine (flute), Markus Stockhausen (trumpet), Paulo Álvares, Severin von Eckardstein and Ian Pace (piano), Hans Davidsson and Werner Jacob (organ), Friedrich Gauwerky, Alban Gerhardt and Michael Sanderling (cello), chamber music ensembles such as the Arditti String Quartet and the Minguet Quartet. They have performed at music festivals such as the Musiktriennale Köln, the Bowling Green New Music Festival and the Beijing Modern Music Festival and have been recorded in Europe, China and the USA for radio (including RTHK4 Hong Kong, AVRO Netherlands, BR, DLF, MDR, SWR, WDR) and on CD (Albany, Loft, neos and others). Martin Herchenröder has written commissioned works for soloists, ensembles and orchestras, cities, public institutions (including Ev. Landeskirchen in Bavaria, the Rhineland and Westphalia, Deutsche Telekom, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY) and WDR. He has received various awards for his work (e.g. Fulbright, DAAD, Deutscher Musikrat).
His concert activities as an organist have taken him to many European countries, Canada and the USA. His repertoire ranges from Renaissance to contemporary music, with a focus on compositions by J. S. Bach and modern music (radio and CD recordings, numerous world premieres). His duo partners are Friedrich Gauwerky (cello), Markus Stockhausen (trumpet), Daniel Hees (drawing) and Paulo Álvares (piano).
As a musicologist he is mainly concerned with New Music, in particular with New Organ Music and music theory (monograph on György Ligeti's organ work, numerous lectures and texts; realisation of workshop series; collaboration on the new edition of the personal part of the encyclopaedia "Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart" as well as various encyclopaedias and manuals).
He has taught and lectured at conservatories, colleges of music and universities in Germany and abroad, including the colleges of music in Bremen and Cologne, McGill University Montreal, the University of Chicago, the Musikhochschule Göteborg, the Central Chinese Conservatory, Beijing, and the Juilliard School of Music, New York. In 1998 he spent a semester as a guest artist at the University of British Columbia / Vancouver (Canada). Since 2008 he has been a permanent visiting professor for composition and organ at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester, NY, USA), 2015-16 he worked in the same function at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen.
Martin Herchenröder studied composition, organ, composition, school music and church music at the Musikhochschule Köln from 1982-1991. His teachers were Ludger Lohmann and Wolfgang Stockmeier (organ), Dieter Gostomsky (composition), Jürg Baur and Hans Werner Henze (composition). At the same time he studied musicology, German literature and pedagogy at the University of Cologne from 1982-1992.