Peter Michael von der Nahmer (“Mike) is a composer and sound researcher based in New York City. His American/German/Cuban heritage influences the questions of identity, complexity, and transcendent connection that shape his music. He has written over 27 works for music theater and dance, and over 50 works for concert and film; many have received national/international awards, and been performed around the world. Most recently he was awarded the 2016 McKnight Visiting composer residency, where he created a 4 hours long show with new musical theater pieces with and about the people and the history of New Ulm, MN. In June 2017 he received an honorable mentioned in the New World Composition Challenge with his piano piece “From Here to There”, organized by the New York Philharmonic.
Mike holds a B.A. in composition from the University of Music and Performing Arts, Munich and an M.A. in Music Therapy from the University of Augsburg. He holds certificates in Film Scoring from the UCLA, and in Music Pain Treatment from the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences. In May 2015, he received an M.F.A. in Musical Theater Writing from New York University, where he held a Tisch School of the Arts Departmental Fellowship.
Mike’s barrier-breaking, eclectic background explains his passion for music both as artistic expression and as a means to connect disparate cultures. His desire to be an agent of radical connection – to literally create harmony out of apparent dissonance – is his defining motivation.
Among his current commissions are a new musical drama “Welcome to Hell” about the G20 protests in Hamburg last year to be premiered at the Neuköllner Opera in Berlin on March 15, 2018, a new videopera “When Falling…Dive” about the dangers of tweets with librettist Marianna Mott Mott Newirth, a short piano piece for the “250 piano pieces for Beethoven” project and a new dramatic choral concerto “Blutwurz for 170-member yourth choir and orchestra, song cycle “Coming Home” with librettist Anita Prestidge and Marianna Mott Newirth among other works.