Eres Holz


Eres Holz
© Neda Navaee, 2021

Eres Holz presents compelling music. His compositions are characterized by intense musical language that impressively expresses the complexity of human existence. Harmony plays a significant role, creating an immediate and powerful emotional impact on the listeners. His music emerges from carefully developed sonic spaces, creating fragile yet powerful soundscape. It is not only about a design of aesthetic but also about addressing existential questions and fears. By incorporating live electronics into his compositions, Eres Holz expands the sonic possibilities and creates an orchestral dimension that goes beyond the limitations of smaller ensembles. The music provides a space for reflection and evokes profound reactions in the listener.

Eres Holz was born in 1977 near Tel Aviv, in Rehovot. He has been living in Germany since 2003. 1998 - 2002 he completed a bachelor's degree in composition with Ruben Seroussi at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music at Tel Aviv University. He graduated with 'magna cum laude'. During his studies he was supported by a scholarship for gifted students from the Tel Aviv University. 2004 - 2012 followed a diploma and master's degree in composition with Hanspeter Kyburz and computer music with Wolfgang Heiniger at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin. His master's thesis focused on the theoretical and artistic research of algorithmic process models in composing.

Eres Holz is a freelance composer. He is also active in teaching and repeatedly in music education contexts. In 2022 he receives a lectureship at the german national competition Bundeswettbewerb Jugend komponiert (en: youth composing). Since 2008 he is a lecturer for Algorithmic Composition at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. 2008 he was a lecturer for algorithmic composition at the Berlin University of the Arts. 2008 he assisted the IRCAM-coordinated ECMCT project: European Course for Musical Composition and Technologies at the Technical University of Berlin. 2011 - 2012 he was the artistic director of the Kurt Schwitters School team as part of the music education project Querklang, a cooperation project of the Berlin University of the Arts in cooperation with the festival for Contemporary Music MaerzMusik. 2011 he had a position as accompanist at the Theater Hans Wurst Nachfahren within the education program of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Eres Holz receives regularly grants, commissions and prizes. His double album "Touching Universes" was nominated for the OPUS Klassik 2023 in three categories: "Composer Of The Year", "Chamber Music" and "Contemporary Music". In 2020 and 2021, his MACH compositions were awarded scholarships by Musikfonds e.V. and GEMA. 2017 he was Composer in Residence of the German public broadcasting radio station (Deutschlandfunk) and of the Kunst-Station Sankt Peter in Cologne. 2013, 2014 and 2015 he received composition grants from the Berlin Senate. 2014 his composition 'Vier Schatten' for brass quintet was awarded at the Carl von Ossietzky - Composition Prize. 2012 he received the Residence Grant from the Berlin Senate at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. 2012 he was nominated for the German Music Authors' Award in the Promotion of Young Talents. 2005, 2008 and 2010 he was awarded prizes in the composition category at the Hanns Eisler Prize for composition and interpretation of Contemporary Music.

His works are performed at international podiums and festivals for Contemporary Music by renowned musicians, amongst other at Traiettorie Festival, Parma, Italy | Gare du Nord, Basel, Switzerland | Konzerthaus Wien, Austria | Impuls Festival, Graz, Austria | Tonedmelisma, Istanbul, Turkey | Ultraschall, Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Berlin | Ars Nova, Südwestrundfunk (SWR) | Südseite nachts – Musik der Jahrhunderte, Stuttgart | TonLagen, Hellerau | Forum neuer Musik, Deutschlandfunk (DLF), Cologne | Klangwerkstatt Berlin | ZKM, Karlsruhe | Unerhörte Musik, Berlin | Impuls Festival, Sachsen-Anhalt | Staatsoper im Schiller Theater Berlin | Konzerthaus Berlin | ZeitGenuss, Karlsruhe | Podium Worpswede e.V. | PODIUM Esslingen | Theater und Musik in Ahrensburg e.V. | Totally-Trumpet, Akademie der Künste Berlin. Extensive portrait programs were broadcast on ARD and Deutschlandradio (DLR), Deutschlandfunk, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Südwestrundfunk (SWR), Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB), Radiobremen, Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR), as well as on the Austrian Broadcaster (ORF) and Israeli Kol Ha'Musica.

Since 2014 he is a member of the Academy of German Music Authors. 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 he was a member of the jury of the Initiative Neue Musik Berlin e.V.. 2020 he was appointed to the jury of the Berlin Senate to promote composers in the field of Art Music.

Eres Holz lives and works in Berlin.