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After studying under Aloys Kontarsky among others, Steffen Schleiermacher specialized as a pianist in 20th-century music * Numerous CD recordings, including the collected piano works of John Cage * Performed with various leading orchestras; recitals and lectures in several continents * 1984-88 directed the Gruppe Junge Musik at the Leipzig Academy * 1989 founded the Ensemble Avantgarde * Many scholarships and prizes * His works mainly include works for chamber ensemble where he focusses on rhythmic-metric organization * Takes up Greek mythology in works such as Der Gesang des Aspyrtos (1985), Kreon (1987) or Sisyphos (1996) * His chamber music often has scenic aspects, such as his Ceremony for chamber ensemble (1988)

Works by Steffen Schleiermacher include:
Kreon, hommage à Edgar Varèse for ensemble (1987)
Stille & Klang (Silence and Sound) for chamber orchestra (1991)
Musik für Kammerensemble (1990)
Puls Farbe Schatten (1994) for orchestra

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