Eruptive, unconventional, and powerful – these traits dominate the music with which composer Jens Joneleit has made a name for himself on both sides of the Atlantic. Independent of a particular aesthetic school, Joneleit experiments ingeniously with timbre, texture, and space. His work is eclectic – alongside orchestral, chamber, and vocal works, he has written compositions for music theatre, film and radio drama. Influenced by both the setting and musicians, each commissioned work he writes is full of new ideas and has its own distinctive language.
Born in 1968 in Offenbach, Jens Joneleit left Germany after high school to study fine arts and composition in the USA. There he studied with Bartók student Lewis Hamvas (Yankton, South Dakota) and with Robert Marek (Vermillion, South Dakota), and then in Joel Naumann’s master class (University of Wisconsin, Madison), who had been a student of Stefan Wolpe. Since graduating with a Master of Fine Arts in 1997, Jens Joneleit has worked as a freelance composer.