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Wayne Siegel


Wayne Siegel was born in Los Angeles, California, where his early musical influence was American folk music, Afro-American Blues and the burgeoning avantgarde rock scene (Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart, etc.).

From 1971 to 1974 he attended the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he studied composition and philosophy. Following graduation, he came to Denmark where he completed his Bachelor of Arts at Aarhus University, and studied with Per Nørgård, earning a degree in composition from The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus. Siegel immersed himself in the musical life of his new home, received a three-year working grant from the Danish Arts Council in 1978, and became administrative director of the West Jutland Symphony Orchestra. In 1986 he became director of the newly founded national electronic music centre (DIEM), and in 2003 he was appointed professor of electronic music. He received a life-long artist’s stipend from the Danish Ministry of Culture for outstanding artistic
achievement and in 2017 he was appointed honorary professor at The Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus.

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