Mike Svoboda, was born 1960 on the island of Guam, 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 with Karlheinz Stockhausen during the 80s and 90s proved to be of eminent importance for Svoboda's musical development. Mike Svoboda returned to composition only after ending his work with Stockhausen and has since received commissions from festivals and opera houses such as the ECLAT Festival Stuttgart, The State Opera Hannover, The National Theater Mannheim and the State Opera in Stuttgart. 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.
You can watch some of Mike's works for brass below.