Michael Quell was born in 1960. He studied music at the Musikhochschule in Frankfurt am Main (studying guitar with Heinz Teuchert, harmony and counterpoint with K.J. Müller, conducting with A. Ickstadt and D. Resch, and musicology with L. Hoffmann-Erbrecht, Helmut Hucke and Peter Cahn, amongst others). At the same time he studied philosophy and theology at the J.-W. Goethe University in Frankfurt. He also studied composition with Hans-Ulrich Engelmann. From 1985-89 he studied composition with Rolf Riehm at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt. He now works as a composer and teacher in Fulda, with various activities as a lecturer. His works have been performed at international festivals such as S.E.M.A. (Semaine Européenne des Musiques d'Aujord'hui) in Paris, the Festival de musique in Montreux/Vevey, the Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam, the Internationale Ferienkurse Darmstadt, Witten, Perth etc.) as well as being recorded by numerous domestic and foreign broadcasting companies (HR, WDR, BR, DLF, DLR, MDR, NDR, Radio Suisse Romande, Netherlands Radio). Recently his works have been mainly concerned with the chances and possibilities of composition in interdisciplinary dialogue. The main works in this respect are „Peri tu ontos - hu sa'aq 4,6692 ah“ (premiere Amsterdam, 1988), „Ekstare“ (premiere Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, 1990), „temps et couleurs I“ (premiere Darmstadt, 1998), „Interdependenzen“ (premiere Freiburg, 1998), "Inside ... out - hommage à R. Barthes, P. Feyerabend, Diogenes u. die Kyniker" (premiere 1998), "Satori" (premiere Singapur 1999), "anisotropie - (vier) (aggregat)-zustände für klavier (premiere 2002 Heilbronn), "Anamorphosis / Polymorphia" (premiere 2002 Freiburg) amongst others.