…left his body on 10th September 2014.
From Atit we hear that Premendra died from a heart attack at age 60. He was an internationally acclaimed musician; he played the cello and the piano and was a conductor as well as a composer. Since 1990 he was the conductor of the Levantate Choir which has a repertoire comprising works the likes of Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, Canto General by Mikis Theodorakis, Magnificat by Johann-Sebastian Bach.
Bio from his website
Hartmut Premendra Mayer was a double Laureate for composition at the SONG EXPO 2004 in the Netherlands. He won the first prize in the category Instrumental Music for his composition “Saxophonquartett” and was also awarded the medal for the best contribution from a participant from Germany.
Hartmut Mayer studied cello, piano and conducting in Detmold, Essen and Berlin. Master courses followed at festivals in Geneva, Vienna, Nice and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He also studied Jazz with the Modern String Quartett. As a scholarship holder of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the Karajan Foundation he played in the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Karl Böhm, Daniel Barenboim, Giuseppe Sinopoli and Herbert v. Karajan. He was conductor of the Collegium Musicum Ulm. In 1984 he founded the Einstein Ensemble Ulm, focusing on music of the 20th century.
After a stay in India in the eighties he intensified his compositional work. At the International Bach Academy Stuttgart he studied choir conducting under Helmut Rilling for one year, which lead him to various engagements in choir conducting.
Besides his educational work as a cello and piano teacher in Ulm und Kirchheim/Teck he gave concerts together with other renowned chamber musicians. He performed in Moscow, Amsterdam, Slovakia, Switzerland, Italy, Taiwan, Chile and Japan, where he also interpreted his own compositions. Composition commissioned by the Levantate Choir allowed him once more to demonstrate his musical creativity and compositorial talents.
He was a member of the German Association of Composers since 2005.
www.hartmut-premendra-mayer.de – www.chor-levantate.de
Obits in the Press
Zum Tod von Hartmut Premendra Mayer – www.swp.de