curriculum vitae, contact and worklist


born 2 December 1957 in Johannesburg, South Africa

1963-74 attended King David Primary School (Linksfield) and Sandringham High School in Johannesburg
1975-78 undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (composition with Peter Klatzow, music theory with James May, percussion with Peter Hamblin, conducting with David Tidboald)
1978 Bachelor of Music (BMus)
1981-86 post-graduate studies at the University of Cape Town (composition with Peter Klatzow and Stuart Reiner)
1983 composition seminars with Morton Feldman in Johannesburg
awarded scholarships for overseas studies by the University of Cape Town and the Cape Tercentenary Foundation
1984-88 composition studies with Helmut Lachenmann at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart
1986 Master of Music (MMus) in composition (University of Cape Town)
1989 Künstlerische Abschlussprüfung in composition
1991-1999 doctoral studies with George Nicholson and Mike Vaughan at Keele University
1999 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in composition

1978 co-founder and conductor of the Orion Chamber Orchestra in Cape Town; conducted the Cape Performing Arts Board (CAPAB) Orchestra
during the CAPAB Youth Music Festival
1979-81 national service
1981 co-founder of Obelisk (Group for New Music) in Pretoria
1981-83 percussionist and substitute timpanist in the CAPAB Orchestra and extra-player with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra
1982-83 first tutor, later lecturer for composition, orchestration and arrangement at the University of Cape Town (substituting for Peter Klatzow)
1984 participant (with a partial stipend) at the International Vacation Courses for New Music in Darmstadt
1986 participant (with full stipend) at the International Vacation Courses for New Music in Darmstadt
1987-89 tutor in the electronic music studio of the Stuttgart Musikhochschule
since 1976 conductor (orchestras, ensembles, wind bands)
since 1987 sound diffusion (for, amongst others, Péter Eötvös and Hans Zender)
1990-94 lecturer in composition at the Hochschule für Künste in Bremen
1991-2005 lecturer in percussion, composition, music theory and history of music at the Freie Musikschule Stuttgart
since 1994 regular guest lecturer at the University of Cape Town
since 1995 regular guest lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg)
2006 guest lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch
at present freelance teacher (harmony and counterpoint, music theory) and perfomer (including an improvisation duo with Jim Franklin)

composition commissions, performances and recordings in Germany (South West German Radio,
Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Choir), South Africa (Southern African
Music Rights organization, South African Broadcasting Corporation), England (British Broadcasting Corporation, Society for the Promotion of New Music), North America (Kronos Quartet), South East Asia, Australia and Japan.

1982 2nd prize in the Stroud Festival International Composers’ Competition
(for …furG…)
1993 semi-finalist (“composers highly recommended by the jury”) in the 14th Irino Prize for Chamber Music (for Trio 1992)
1995 prize winner in the composition competition (for choir) of the 4th “Tonkünstlerfest Baden-Württemberg” (for [zal])

Areas of Interest (Music Theory and Didactics)
“The Tone Clock” (Peter Schat)
“Twelve Tone Tonality” (George Perle)
Harmonic Rhythm – A Tool for Compostion as well as Analysis
From Interpretation via Improvisation to Composition
Janáček, Stravinsky and Shostakovich – Their Approaches to Harmony

contact me by e-mail: davidkosviner[at]aim[dot]com



Botosani for large orchestra/für großes Orchester (1984/85)

ló-yisá for orchestra/für Orchester (1993/94)
first performance by the Junge Süddeutsche Philharmonie Esslingen conducted by Bernhard Güller / Uraufführung durch die Junge Süddeutsche Philharmonie unter der Leitung von Bernhard Güller

ha’azinah for flute d’amore in Bb and orchestra/für Flöte d’amore in B und Orchester (1997/98)
commissioned by the South West German Radio, first performance by Peter Rijkx and the South West German Radio Orchestra Stuttgart conducted by Fabrice Bollon / ein Auftragswerk des Südwestrundfunks, Uraufführung mit Peter Rijkx und das RSO Stuttgart unter der Leitung von Fabrice Bollon

…unterwegs… for pianoforte and orchestra (2010)


…furG… for flute and pianoforte/für Flöte und Klavier (1981/82)
awared 2nd prize in the 1982 Stroud Festival Composers’ Competition / erhielt den 2. Preis beim 1982 “Stroud Festival Composers’ Competition”

Ciascun apra ben gli orecchi for string quartet/für Streichquartett (1982/83)
First performance by the Enesco Quartet during the 1983 Grahamstown Festival, subsequently performed by the Kronos Quartet in San Francisco/Uraufführung durch das Enesco-Quartett während des 1983 Grahamstown Festival, später durch das Kronos-Quartett in San Francisco aufgeführt

Tocamiento for harpsichord and five instruments /für Cembalo und fünf Instrumente (1984/85)

Hamba Kahle for trombone, viola and violoncello/für Posaune, Viola und Violoncello(1988)

For Nancy Ruffer for flute, violoncello and pianoforte/für Flöte, Violoncello und Klavier(1989)

Deciso for piano quartet/für Klavierquartett (1989)

Trio 1992 for a flautist, a clarinetist and a pianist/für einen Flötisten, einen Klarinettisten und einen Pianisten
First performed by Het Trio (Harrie Starreveld, flutes; Harry Sparnaay, clarinets and René Eckhardt, pianoforte) at a SPNM Regional Day in Liverpool/Uraufgeführt durch Het Trio (Harrie Starreveld, Flöten; Harry Sparnaay, Klarinetten und René Eckhardt) bei einem „SPNM Regional Day“ in Liverpool

Mayibuye for string quartet/für Streichquartett(1992/96/97)
premiered in 1997 at the BBC/SPNM Composers’ Platform in Manchester /1997 uraufgeführt während des „BBC/SPNM Composers’ Platform“ in Manchester

Brass Quintet (1995)
Commissioned by the Foundation for the Creative Arts for the Solid Brass Quintet (Cape Town)/ein Auftragswerk der Stiftung für die kreative Künste für das “Solid Brass Quintet” (Kapstadt)

Sextet for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, violoncello and double bass/für Oboe, Klarinette, Fagott, Violine, Violoncello und Kontrabass (2001, rev. 2002)
commissioned by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra and premiered by members of the orchestra/ein Auftragswerk der Stuttgarter Philharmoniker und uraufgeführt durch Mitglieder des Orchesters

untitled (collage I) for violoncello and marimba/für Violoncello und Marimbafon (2004)
first performed by Volker Bohnsack (‘cello) and Nils Grammerstorf (marimba) in Hamburg/uraufgeführt durch Volker Bohnsack (‘Cello) und Nils Grammerstorf (Marimbafon) in Hamburg

Un frammento con un poco di WAM for piano trio/für Klaviertio (2006)
premiered by the Kerimov Trio at the New Music Indaba 2006 in Grahamstown, South Africa / uraufgeführt vom Kerimov-Trio beim “New Music Indaba 2006” in Grahamstown, Südafrika

in a world of agitated air for recorder quartet/für Blockflötenquartett (2007)
commissioned by the South West German Radio and premiered by Quartet New Generation in Stuttgart / ein Auftragswerk des Südwestrundfunks und uraufgeführt durch Quartet New Generation in Stuttgart.

For Dazy Bedvail I for flute, clarinet, violin and violoncello/für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello (2007/08)
commissioned and premiered by
newears.ensemble on 28 February 2008 in Stuttgart / ein Auftragswerk des newears.ensemble, Uraufführung durch das Ensemble am 28. Februar 2008 in Stuttgart


Tonal Implications for pianoforte/für Klavier (1983)

Worksong for pianoforte/für Klavier (1988)
commissioned by the South African Broadcasting Corporation and premiered by Jill Richards/ein Auftragswerk der Südafrikanischen Rundfunk und uraufgeführt durch Jill Richards

…en verdwyn met die sypaadjie… for violin/für Violine (1988)

Patchwork – a passacaglia for organ/- eine Passacaglia für Orgel (1983)
commissioned by the Cape Organ Guild for the 5th Oude Meester Festival/ein Auftragswerk der “Cape Organ Guild” für das 5. Oude Meester Festival

Ogni pensiero vola for organ/für Orgel (1988)

bayóm hahóo for organ/für Orgel (1993)
commissioned by the Diakonissenkirche in Stuttgart for the FESTWOCHE NEUE ORGEL IN DER DIAKONISSENKIRCHE and premiered by Markus Leidenberger/ein Auftragswerk der Diakonissenkirche in Stuttgart für die FESTWOCHE NEUE ORGEL IN DER DIAKONISSENKIRCHE und uraufgefürt von Markus Leidenberger

Richiesta III for treble recorder/für Blockflöte (1994)
composed at the request of John Turner, who premiered it in Manchester/komponiert für John Turner, der das Werk in Manchester uraufführte (score published by/verlegt bei: Forsyth Brothers, Manchester)

Richiesta IV for bass flugelhorn/für Bassflügelhorn (1996)
composed at the request of Mike Svoboda/komponiert für Mike Svoboda


Sea and Sand for violin, pianoforte and string ensemble/für Violine, Klavier und Streichensemble (1990)
commissioned by the “Tage für Neue Musik Stuttgart 1990” and premiered by Ulrike-Anima Mathé (violin), Scott Faigen (pianoforte) and the Koechlin Ensemble conducted by Frieder Bernius/ein Auftragswerk der Tage für Neue Musik Stuttgart 1990 und uraufgeführt durch Ulrike-Anima Mathé (Violine), Scott Faigen (Klavier) und das Koechlin-Ensemble unter der Leitung von Frieder Bernius

Worksong II – a concerto for pianoforte and ensemble/- ein Konzert für Klavier und Ensemble (1994) commissioned by the Southern African Music Rights Organization for the pianist Jill Richards who premiered it in Pretoria with the New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by David Scarr/ein Auftragswerk der “Southern African Music Rights Organization” für die Pianisten Jill Richards, uraufgefüht in Pretoria mit dem “New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra” unter der Leitung von David Scarr


[zal] for 16 voices in four groups/für 16 Stimmen in vier Gruppen (1991/92)
commissioned by the Foundation fort he Creative Arts (South Africa) and first performed by the Stuttgart Chamber Choir conducted by Frieder Bernius/ein Auftragswerk der Stiftung für die kreative Künste (Südafrika) und uraufgeführt durch den Kammerchor Stuttgart unter der Leitung von Frieder Bernius

La Balada del Agua del Mar for chamber choir (16 voices)/für Kammerchor (16 Stimmen) (1993) commissioned by”Musik der Jahrhunderte“ Stuttgart and first performed by the “Neue Vocalsolisten” conducted by Manfred Schreier/ein Auftragswerk der „Musik der Jahrhunderte“ Stuttgart und uraufgeführt durch die „Neue Vocalsolisten“ unter der Leitung von Manfred Schreier

Dein Leib im Rauch durch die Luft for eight female voices/für acht Frauenstimmen (1995) commissioned and premiered by the Waiblingen Vocal Ensemble conducted by Michael Alber/ein Auftragswerk des Waiblinger Vokalensemble, unaufgeführt durch dieses Ensemble unter der Leitung von Michael Alber


Folio of nine original compositions with work commentaries, 1999, Keele University


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