Brass Academy – Trombone Tutor
Born in 1960 on the Pacific Island of Guam. Mike Svoboda grew up in Chicago and came to Germany with the help of a BMI Award to Young Composers in 1982. His eleven years as trombonist and assistant with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 1980s and 1990s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda’s musical development. Including the collaboration with Stockhausen and other composers such as Peter Eötvös, Helmut Lachenmann, Wolfgang Rihm, Martin Smolka, David Lang and Frank Zappa, Svoboda has premiered over 400 works for trombone at major festivals throughout the world.
Mike Svoboda returned to composition only after ending his work with Stockhausen and has since received commissions, mostly for works spanning an entire concert, from festivals and opera houses such as the ECLAT – Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart, The State Opera Hannover, The National Theater Mannheim, the State Opera Stuttgart and the Opera House Chemnitz/Germany. Major festivals have invited him to be artist or composer-in-residence.
Often involved in his works as a soloist or with his own Mike Svoboda Ensemble, he composes across the borders between popular and classical music, high culture and entertainment, combining – through the use of text and various musical styles – both traditional and avant-garde.
Since 2007, he is professor for trombone and contemporary chamber music at the Hochschule für Musik Basel/Switzerland. Together with Marcus Weiss, Mike Svoboda directs the Masters of Arts in Performance Contemporary Music on the Hochschule für Musik Basel.