Achim Christian Bornhöft, born in 1966, won 1st prize at the Forum of Young German Composers in 1985. Other awards followed with 1st prize in the Cooperativa Neue Musik (CNM) Composition Competition, the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Promotion Award, 1st prize in the Federal University Composition Competition and the Folkwang Prize for Composition in 1993. During his studies with Nicolaus A. Huber and Dirk Reith at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, he began working with the choreographers Olimpia Scardi, Stefan Hilterhaus and Wanda Golonka, with whom he created several pieces. Guest performances took them to various theatres in Germany and other European countries. After graduating in composition, he went on a DAAD scholarship to the Computer Center for Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Standford University, USA. Between 1996 and 1999 Achim Bornhöft is a lecturer at the University of Duisburg and at the Folkwang Hochschule. From 1998 to 2006, in addition to his work as a composer, Achim Bornhöft also dedicated himself to choreographic stage works and realised several full-length dance productions with different casts. In 1998 he received a one-year composition scholarship from the Heinrich Strobel Foundation of Südwestfunk. In 2001 he is a guest artist at the Centre for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe. In 2003 he receives the art scholarship at Lake Mummel for his sculpture “Orplid: Mirror and Reed” and founds the music publishing company SUMTONE together with the composers Ludger Brümmer and Michael Edwards. Achim Bornhöft’s compositions are performed by performers such as Irvine Arditti, Reinhold Friedrich, Robin Schulkowsky, the HR Symphony Orchestra, the Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra, ensembles such as. Aventure, Mosaik, Phorminx, OENM, NAMES and Taller Sonoro at international festivals in Germany and abroad, including Donaueschinger Musiktage, ultraschall (Berlin), Daegu International Musical Festival (Korea), Dialoge Festival (Salzburg), Klangspuren Schwaz and Warschauer Herbst. Lecture and concert tours have taken him to Mongolia (Roaring Hoofs Festival, Ulanbator), Kyrgyzstan (Silk Sound Road Festival, Bishkek), Vietnam and Indonesia (Cracking Bamboo, Hanoi / Bandung), Ukraine (2 Days & 2 Nights, Odessa) and the Music Biennale Zagreb. From 2005 to 2006 he worked at the Musicology Institute of the Eberhard-Karls-Universität in Tübingen and in 2007 (until 2022) he took over the direction of the composition workshop “Jugend Komponiert” of the Landesmusikrat Baden-Württemberg. Since 2006 Achim Bornhoeft has directed the Studio for Electronic Music (SEM) at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where he habilitated in composition in 2012. In 2015 he was appointed university professor for composition and will lead the Institute for New Music (INM) until 2022. Lectureships and master classes take him to universities in Riga, Parma, Lisbon, Salamanca, Seoul, Mexico City, Bari, Cape Town, Seville, Milan and Riva del Garda.