Bettendorf, Carl C.
Carl Christian Bettendorf is a New York-based composer and conductor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied composition with Hans-Jurgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm in Munich and Karlsruhe before moving to New York, where he received his doctorate from Columbia University under Tristan Murail. He attended Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Summer School for Young Composers in the Orkney Islands and was a fellow at the Composers Conference (Wellesley College, Mass.) and the Centre Acanthes (Metz, France).
Bettendorf's works have been played at major new-music festivals and venues in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. In July 1997, his first opera Escorial after Michel de Ghelderode was premiered at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. He has received numerous awards, among them a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a six-month residency at the Cite des Arts in Paris, and a Fromm Foundation commission.
Increasingly active as a conductor, Mr. Bettendorf has worked with ensembles in New York (Wet Ink, counter)induction, Talea Ensemble) and abroad (piano possibile in Munich, Ostravska banda in the Czech Republic) and has appeared with the Opera national de Montpellier in France, where he conducted the French premiere of Elliott Carter's opera, What Next? In addition, he is director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra in Purchase, NY and has served as assistant conductor for the Columbia University and American Composers orchestras, Miller Theatre, and the Munich Biennale. Mr. Bettendorf has recorded for Albany, Carrier and Hat Hut Records, ArtVoice, Cybele, and Tzadik. His music was broadcast on German, Swiss, Canadian, U.S. and Australian radio.