Bernd Alois Zimmermann ©Erben Zimmermann

Metamorphoses – Variations

In 2018, the Festival has chosen the theme Metamorphoses – Variations and dedicates itself particularly to the work of the Cologne-based composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann, commemorating his 100th birthday. As a composer between generations, the creator of »pluralistic« aesthetics occupies a key role in the history of German post-war music. He was influenced by neo-classicistic compositions and the serial music of the Darmstadt avant-garde – however, these never drowned out his search for individual expressivity. Constantly navigating between times and genres, he incorporated quotes from historical compositions, included jazz elements and employed a sophisticated collage technique – all characterizing a composer undergoing continuous change, who made a principle of consciously executed stylistic development.


  • Träger
    • Stadt Köln
    • WDR
  • Förderer
    • Kulturstiftung des Bundes
    • Kunst Stiftung NRW
    • Kuratorium KölnMusik e.V.
    • Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport
  • Förderer
    • Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung
    • Yunus Emre Institut
    • Fonds Podiumkunsten
  • Sponsoren
    • Sparkasse KölnBonn
    • Lanxess
    • Architekturbüro Kottmair
  • Sponsoren
    • KFW DEG
  • Medienpartner
    • Stadtrevue
    • Spex
    • Groove
    • Fono Forum
    • K.West
  • Medienpartner
    • Choices
    • Jazzthing
  • Kulturpartner
    • WDR 3