Roland Breitenfeld was born in Dresden in 1952. He received his first formal musical schooling during his time as a member of the Dresdener Kreuzchor 1963-1968 headed by Rudolf Mauersberger.
From 1972 to 1984 he worked at the music department of the Saxon State Library in Dresden. He studied musicology in 1974/75 at the Martin-Luther-University in Halle. In 1978 he began to study composition with Paul-Heinz Dittrich in Zeuthen and further with Wilfried Krätzschmar at the music academy in Dresden from 1980 to 1982.
Since 1984 Roland Breitenfeld has been based in Freiburg i. Br.
He continued his studies at the state music academy in Freiburg with Klaus Huber (composition), Emmanuel Nunes (composition) and Mesias Maiguashca (electronic and computer music).
Intermediately, he worked as a freelancer for various music publishers, e.g. for Ricordi, Milano from 1987 to 1993 (edition of scores of works with live-electronics by Luigi Nono in cooperation with the Experimental-Studio of the Heinrich-Strobel-Foundation at the Südwestfunk (SWF) in Freiburg. Up until Nono's death, Roland Breitenfeld and Luigi Nono developed a close working relationship.
Don Oung Lee and Roland Breitenfeld founded the profectio-initiative freiburg, an ensemble for electronic and contemporary music in 1991.
Since 1992 he has worked as a freelancer at the Experimental-Studio in Freiburg. In 1994 he was awarded a scholarship of the Foundation Kulturfond Berlin, and in 1995/96 accepted a scholarship of the State of Baden-Württemberg in conjunction with an assistantship for computer-notation at the electronic-studio of the state music academy in Freiburg.
With Mesias Maiguashca (www.maiguashca.de), he established the K.O.-Studio (KlangObjekt-Studio) in Freiburg since 1998 which is directed on the production and staging of computer based music.
From 2006 to 2017 he was professor of composition and electronic music at the Seoul National University (SNU) in Seoul, South Korea.
He has appeared at various European and Asian festivals as a performer of electronic contemporary music.
His works have been performed in Europe, Asia and South America.
Publications about Roland Breitenfeld:
Andreas Fervers: "Roland Breitenfeld - ein Porträt" / radio transmission of the Deutschlandfunk Cologne, 1999. (duration: ca. 50 min)
(Also other broadcast stations transmitted it.)
Komponisten der Gegenwart im Deutschen Komponistenverband (Contemporary composers in the german federation of composers) : e. Handbuch / hrsg. vom Deutschen
Komponistenverband. 5. Aufl. - Berlin, 2000. (page 123)
WHO'S WHO. - 14th edition. - Montréal (Canada) : International Book and Publishing, 2008/2009. - Berlin : Buchvertrieb Wockel.
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