Clemens Rynkowski appointed guest professor at the Ernst Busch University of Theatre Arts

Clemens Rynkowski © Christian Andrés Parra Sánchez

The pianist, composer and thereminist Clemens Rynkowski has been appointed Guest Professor of Music at the Ernst Busch University of Theatre Arts Berlin for the summer semester 2024. He studied at the Berlin University of the Arts and is currently completing a Master's degree in Historical and Contemporary Composition at the Hanns Eisler School of Music Berlin.

Clemens Rynkowski works transdisciplinary for orchestra, dance, drama and music theatre. As a musical director, theatre composer and theatre musician, he has worked with directors such as Anna Bergmann, Claus Peymann, Michael von zur Mühlen, Ulrike Arnold, Ekat Cordes, Daniel Pfluger, Martin Nimz, Christian Brey, Benjamin Lazar, Ron Zimmering, Katharina Schmidt and many more. at the Berliner Ensemble, Bavarian State Opera, Badisches Staatstheater, Nationaltheater Weimar, Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Saarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Staatstheater Braunschweig, Schauspielhaus Graz, Stadsteater Uppsala and others.

Since his encounter with the grandniece of the inventor of the theremin, Leon Theremin (Lew Termen), Rynkowski has been fascinated by the world's first electronic and only contactless musical instrument. He took lessons with Lydia Kavina and has been active as a thereminist both as a soloist and in ensembles ever since. 

His commissioned works as a composer include a silent film score for the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, a theremin concerto for the Hessisches Staatsorchester, music for the first animated film from 1921 for the Bundesjugendorchester and transtraditional concert formats as head of the Resident Music Collective for the Humboldt Forum Berlin. 

Rynkowski often works collectively with his brothers Florian and David Rynkowski, as well as with Jakob Dinkelacker.