I am Marc David Ferrum. Freelance composer as well as musical assistant and project manager for YMUSIC and the Marc Sinan Company.
I studied composition with Markus Hechtle and Wolfgang Rihm at University of Music Karlsruhe, Germany and with Motoharu Kawashima at Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. My main interest is instrumental music in the most variable instrumentations, since the diverse sound possibilities of the “classical” instruments always inspire and fascinate me anew.
With my music theater GLASHAUS I also explored the possibilities of the human voice in a scenic context.
For the past 6 years I have also been interested in traditional Japanese music and its instruments in the context of contemporary Music, which ultimately led me to Japan several times. More about this under the menu item ›Japan‹.
Marc D. Ferrum lives and works in Berlin.
Portrait by Elisa Beck | music journalist | HfM Karlsruhe (in german) :
Official short CV:
Marc David Ferrum was born in Stuttgart in 1995. From 2015 to 2020 he studied composition with Prof. Markus Hechtle at the University of Music Karlsruhe. He also received important impulses from Prof. Wolfgang Rihm as well as from Prof. Motoharu Kawashima during his studies abroad at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo.
In 2018 he won the 1st prize of the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb for his work “summernightmare”, which was published in August of the same year by the Berlin publishing house Ries & Erler.
In addition to Germany (Nachtklänge of the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe, Zeitgenuss Festival Karlsruhe, Off-Program of the Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt and many more), his music has also become known to a wider public through several world premieres in Japan, most recently at the premiere of “Berlin Renshi II” at the National Theater of Japan in Tokyo.