Composer, multi-instrumentalist, improviser and essayist Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer was born in 1963 Novi Sad, Vojvodina, ex-Yugoslavia as a member of a Hungarian national minority. Since the outburst of the civil war in his native country (1991) he lives and works in France.
During the early years of his music education he studied piano & double bass. Later on graduated in composition at the Academy Of Arts in Novi Sad under Rudolf Brucci, and completed his studies with Louis Andriessen & Diderick Wagenaar at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague ( Netherlands ). At the Rotterdam Conservatory he attended lecturers of Witlod Lutoslawski and received a scholarship from the Polish Section of ISCM. Since 1997 studied with György and Marta Kurtàg , as well as world premiered Kurtag's Six Pieces For Trombone & Piano , in De Ysbreker, Amsterdam .
Still as a student, in 1986 he formed his ensemble Tickmayer Formatio , employing classical trained musicians along with new jazz and avant-garde rock performers. The group was active until the year 2001, leaving behind many concert performances and choreographic collaborations.
For three years Tickmayer was a member of the editorial of New Symposium, a magazine for social questions, art & culture in Novi Sad. In this period he has curated and organized two international festivals for contemporary music & art. In 1988, he gave lectures in summer course for improvised & composed music in Szombathely (Hungary).
Upon the invitation of Gidon Kremer, Tickmayer was the composer in residence at the Kammermusikfest Lockenhaus in 2003 and in 2009 and at the Kremerata Baltica Festival in Sigulda (Latvia) where several of his compositions were performed as well as world premiered. He has also served residencies at Art Omi
As an improviser and non-classical musician he collaborated with musicians and groups as: Chris Cutler , Fred Frith , Robert Drake , Valentin Clastrier, Wu Fei, Peter Kowald, Szabados György, Paul Termos , Grencso Istvan, Dresch Mihaly ; The Science Group (one of the founders and composer) and Thinking Plague .
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