1973
Born in Munich on 19th June

from 1984
Studies composition with Kay Westermann in Munich

from 1986
Studies clarinet at the Munich Hochschule für Musik

1994-1995
Studies clarinet with Charles Neidich at the New York Juilliard School of Music

1994-1996
Studies composition with Hans Werner Henze and Wilfried Hiller in Munich

1996
Cultural Encouragement Award from the City of Munich

1997
Bavarian State Award for Young Artists

1997-1999
Studies composition with Heiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe

1998
Belmont Prize for Contemporary Music, Forberg-Schneider Foundation

2001
Louis Spohr Medal, Seesen

from 2001
Professor of clarinet at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik

2002
Schneider-Schott Music Award, Mainz
Hindemith Prize, Schleswig-Holstein

2003
Encouragement Award, Ernst-von-Siemens Music Foundation
Honorary Award, Munich Opera Festival
Das Gesicht im Spiegel selected as the most important world premiere of the 2003/04 season by Opernwelt magazine

2004
Arnold Schoenberg Prize, Vienna Schoenberg Centre and the Berlin German Symphony Orchestra

2005
Full member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Munich

2006
Composition Award, SWR Symphony Orchestra of Baden-Baden and Freiburg for "Zweites Labyrinth"
Claudio Abbado Composition Award, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra Academy

2007
Music Award, Christoph and Stephan Kaske Foundation

2008
Residency in Dubai, supported by the Simens Arts Program

2009
Elise L. Stoeger Prize of the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, New York
Professor of composition at the Freiburg Hochschule für Musik

2010
Awarded with the Marsilius-medal of the Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg

2013
Music Prize of the "Heidelberger Frühling"
GEMA German Music Authors Award (Category: Symphonic Composition)
Premio una vita nella musica giovani (Category "Composition")