Mr. Hoyer was born in Berlin. He studied sound-engineering at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin and worked as a sound-engineer and recording director for several years. He completed his studies in composition 1977-80 in the masterclass of the Academy of Arts with Ruth Zechlin and Georg Katzer.
Since 1980 he has been working as a free lance artist with compositions for chamber music, choir, orchestra, chamber opera and electronic music. He has received various prizes, scholarships and working stays, at least the Rome Scholarship of the Federal Government for the Casa Baldi/Olevano Romano 2015. In 2002 he was the co-founder of the interdisciplinary festival PYRAMIDALE in Berlin-Hellersdorf.
He was founding chairman of the Initiative Neue Musik Berlin 1991-93, chairman of the Berlin-section of the German Composers Association 1995-1998, boardmember of the Berlin Society of New Music 1995-2000, chairman 2010-2013. Ralf Hoyer received commissions from international festivals, theatres and broadcasting stations, his works have been performed in several european countries,the USA and to the World Music Days of the ISCM 2006 in Stuttgart.