Bill Dietz

Field of Practice:

Music / Sound


City, Country:

Berlin, Germany


2011, 2012, 2013


Oct 2012 - July 2013

Born 1983 in Bisbee, AZ/USA.

Bill Dietz studied composition at the New England Conservatory of Music Boston, MA/USA) and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN/USA. He has lived and worked since 2003 in Berlin, initially as Peter Ablinger’s student and assistant. He has worked regularly with Christian von Borries, Catherine Christer Hennix, Chris Newman, and, through 2009, with Maryanne Amacher. Since 2007, he is the artistic director of Ensemble Zwischentöne.


His compositions have been presented by Happy Days Sound Festival, Oslo/Norway;  MaerzMusik, Berlin/Germany; Incubator Arts, New York, NY/USA; the Romanische Nacht, WDR, Cologne/Germany; Tbilisi 6. Never on a Sunday, Tbilisi/Georgia, and many others. He appears regularly as an interpreter of others’ music (Documenta XII, Musikprotokoll des Steirischen Herbsts, Tate Modern, Hamburger Bahnhof). He writes and speaks frequently on music – publishing in, for example, MusikTexte, Positionen, and Performance Research Journal, and speaking at the International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Aarhus University, Aarhus/Denmark and the Freie Universität’s Performing the Future – Cultures of the Performative Conference in Berlin. 


In recent years, Dietz’ work has focused on the genealogy of the concert and the performance of listening. These concerns extend into his curatorial work with Ensemble Zwischentöne.
Important projects include: DAS WORT HABEN DIE BENÜTZER / LA PAROLE EST AUX USAGERS mit Janina Janke, Corbusierhaus, Berlin (2012), and Cite radieuse, Marseille/France (2013, presented by Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture); L’auditeur s’appelle Emma, 7hours Haus 19, Berlin (2010); Deluxe Edition, mit Sebastian Biskup, Brückenmusik/WDR3, Cologne (2010); Eine Audienz mit dem Publikum, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sammlung Hoffmann, Haus der Kulturen der Welt und 7hours Haus 19, Berlin (2009); La claque, c´est moi, Happy Days Sound Festival, Oslo (2008). 

In 2011, he was the recipient of a working residency at the Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop/Germany and residency stipend from the Goethe Institute, New York. From 2011 to 2012, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Arts, Berlin. He is currently co-chair of the Music/Sound Department in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY/USA.