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Carl Bettendorf

Orchestra, Instrumental Conducting

Carl Bettendorf Faculty Profile ImageCarl Christian Bettendorf is a New York-based composer and conductor. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he studied composition with Hans-Jürgen von Bose and Wolfgang Rihm in Munich and Karlsruhe before moving to New York, where he received his doctorate from Columbia University under Tristan Murail. He attended Sir Peter Maxwell Davies' Summer School for Young Composers in the Orkney Islands and was a fellow at the Composers Conference (Wellesley College, Mass.) and the Centre Acanthes (Metz, France). Bettendorf's works have been played at many prestigious venues and festivals in Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia. He has received numerous awards, among them a fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), a six-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, and a Fromm Foundation commission. Increasingly active as a conductor, he has worked closely with ensembles in Munich (piano possibile) and New York (Wet Ink, counter)induction, Talea Ensemble) and is currently director of the Manhattanville College Community Orchestra in Purchase, NY. He has also served as assistant conductor for the Columbia University and American Composers orchestras, Miller Theatre, and the Munich Biennale. Mr. Bettendorf has recorded for Albany, Carrier and Hat Hut Records, ArtVoice, Cybele, and Tzadik.