Benjamin Scheuer was born in 1987 close to Hamburg, Germany, where he studied composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater from 2006 to 2011. He then pursued post graduate studies with Wolfgang Rihm at the HfM Karlsruhe. This year he began a PhD program in Freiburg, Germany.
Constantly in search for unusual and imaginative sounds he frequently works with uncommon side instruments, vocal techniques and objects from daily life. By mixing noises with traditional and contemporary playing techniques he tries to discover bizarre, humoristic or distressing colours. While looking for complex but also clearly recognizable formal structures he often includes elements taken from the theatrical or other artistic fields.
Invitations and commissions of a variety of national and international festivals gave him the opportunity to work artistically in many different fields with performances in a large diversity of venues.
His orchestra piece “Montagen” (2010) which was premiered by Johannes Kalitzke and the Saarland Radio Symphony Orchestra is formally related to editing forms of movies and collages. For the Music Days of Lower Saxony he wrote the spatial composition “Zeit-Raum” (2011) which was presented with more than 600 musicians in the soccer stadium of Hannover.
The protestant church commissioned him in 2012 to write a full scale mass entitled “Missa – stilles Geschrei” in which the traditional Latin liturgy is contrasted by poems by the German theologian Dorothee Sölle. In summer 2012 his first dance theatre piece "pineapple" was performed in Spain, Holland and Germany with live music played by the orkest de ereprijs (Apeldoorn, Holland). Supported by the Ulysses Program the Ensemble Modern Academy toured Holland, Germany and France with his piece "absurde apparate" in 2013.
He held fellowships at various international festivals such as Voix Nouvelles Royaumont (France), Tanglewood (U.S.) and Gaudeamus Music Week (Holland) where he is a second time nominee for the prize in 2014.
Benjamin Scheuer’s special emphasis lies in the field of music theatre: After the performance of his scenic cantata “Autobus S” based on “exercises de style” by Raymond Queneau he was awarded a scholarship at the Jerwood Opera Writing Programme (Aldeburgh, UK). Consequently he was selected for an Opera Fellowship together with the Irish playwright Tom Swift and his compatriot Tom Creed (director). Together they are developing the chamber opera "Beyond the Pale".
Benjamin Scheuer is a founding member of the Hamburg-based charitable organization “musicians without borders”. He frequently travels to Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he lives in a slum and volunteers as music teacher and composer. In 2014/15 he will be the artistic director of the music theatre project at the school.