Karin Wetzel was born in Berlin in 1981 and began her musical education early with piano studies. She took her first composition lessons with Gerhard Tittel in Berlin, later studying composition and music theory with Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf and Gesine Schröder at the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig. She enriched her musical education through exchange semesters abroad at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki and CNSM Paris, as well as through composition and media technology studies with German Toro-Perez at ICST Zurich.


In 2012/13 Karin joined the Bern University of the Arts to teach music theory and listening/intonation. As of 2014 she is Doctoral candidate at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz and the Zurich University of the Arts. Her research project “Concepts of form-polyphony in the music of the 20th/21st century” is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.


Her compositional output encompasses works for solo instrument, ensemble, orchestra, electroacoustic works, and installations. Her compositions have been performed by such musicians and ensembles as Ensemble Modern, Johannes Kalitzke, Ensemble Proton Bern, Ensemble SoloVoices, Antonio Politano, Steffen Schleiermacher, Ensemble Avantgarde, Leipziger Schlagzeugensemble, Prime Recorder Ensemble, Cascatelle Saxophone Quartet, Panagiotis Megarchiotis (Guitar), Daniel Lippel (Guitar), Eva Beneke (Guitar), Andrea Kiefer (accordion) and the Leise Dröhnung Duo. Her works have been featured at such festivals as the Archipel Festival Geneva, Primavera en la Habana, ICMC Athens, cresc… Biennale für moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein-Main, MATA Festival and Tage für neue Musik (New Music Days) Weimar.


Karin Wetzel received scholarships from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, des DAAD and the Swiss Bundesstipendium. In 2011 she was Artist in Residence at the Villa Aurora in Los Angeles.





2017 winner protonwerk no.7
2015 Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship
2013 selected composer in the 6. International Ensemble Modern Composition Seminar
2011 Artist in Residence in the Villa Aurora, Los Angeles
2010/11 scholarship of the DAAD
2009 Finalist orchestra workshop of the RSO Stuttgart
2009 composition award of the Sächsischer Musikbund
2007-10 scholarship of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes