German composer, conductor and teacher Enno Poppe was born at Hemer in Nordrhein-Westfalen on 30 December 1969. His teachers in composition and conducting at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin included Gösta Neuwirth and Friedrich Goldmann. He also studied algorithmic composition and sound synthesis at Karlsruhe's Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie with Heinrich Taube.
As a composer he has been commissioned by Berliner Festwochen, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, Klangforum Wien, The Louvre, the Salzburg Festival, SWR and WDR. Various prizes and awards include the 2004 Siemens Composers' Prize. His opera Arbeit Nahrung Wohnung (Work Food Lodging) to a libretto by Marcel Beyer was first performed at the 2008 Munich Biennale.
Since 1998 he has conducted Berlin's ensemble mosaik which specialises in contemporary music.
He taught at the Hochschule für Musik 'Hanns Eisler' (2002-4). He is a member of the Akademie der Künste, the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste and the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste.
CD Spotlight. Animals or Aliens? - Keith Bramich listens, unprepared, to instrumental and chamber music by Enno Poppe. 'These academic new music works are expertly played but won't appeal to everyone.'