Jan Kopp began composing in 1981. From 1987-91, he was a preparatory student of Wolfgang Rihm. Afterwards he studied German philology and Musicology at the University of Heidelberg as well as Composition with Helmut Lachenmann and Marco Stroppa. He now lives in Stuttgart as a free-lance composer, publicist, dramaturge, and pedagogue. His main interests between music, speech, scene and the visual arts. Compositionally and didactically, he is involved with the question of participative concepts in New Music. He has led New Music for amateurs projects since 2002, for example as lecturer for Youth Composes BW. Since 2016 he has taught Pedagogics of Composition at the Music Conservatory Stuttgart. For years he has worked closely with, among others, the KlangForum Heidelberg, the Ensemble Phorminx and the counter-tenor Daniel Gloger. As journalist, he has published numerous articles for radio stations and specialist periodicals. He has received grants from the Scholarship funds of the German People, the Arts Council of Baden-Württemberg, the Heinrich-Strobel-Endowment of the South west German Radio, the Mozart Foundation of Frankfurt am Main, and the Liz Mohn Foundation. He was Composer-in-Residence in Kleiner Markgräflerhof, Basel in 2010. He has received commissions from the Siemens Arts Program, the South west German Radio, and from the State Opera houses in Berlin and Stuttgart.