Tilo Medek grew up in Thuringia, Germany.
From 1959 Medek studied musicology in East Berlin.
From 1968 onwards the composer became increasingly hindered by the state in his
work until, in 1977, he was forced into exile in West
Germany where he founded his own publishing house, Edition
Tilo Medek, and co-founded the Independent Academy of Arts in Mannheim. He received various awards such as
an invitation to the Villa Massimo in Rome in 1994, International
Composers Award of the Gaudeamus Foundation (1967), and the 22eme Tribune Internationale
des Compositeurs of UNESCO (1975). Medek’s output encompasses works of almost
every genre. The list of Medek’s works published by Chester Music includes some
of the composer’s most popular pieces: Die Betrunkene Sonne (The Drunken
Sun) for narrator and orchestra is a concert piece intended for children, as are
the twelve piano pieces, Jagdsignale, Zirkusszenen und Gassenhauer.
In the early years of his career, Medek was firmly
rooted within a generation of avant garde composers. However, as his music
matured and took on a neo-tonal quality, such categorisations became more
difficult. Above all, clarity of structure and a thorough understanding of the
instruments for which he was writing characterise Medek’s music. A list of his
complete works can be found at www.medek.net