Composer and conductor Robert HP Platz was born in Baden-Baden, Germany. He studied with Wolfgang Fortner and Karlheinz Stockhausen, as a conductor with Francis Travis.
Further studies in Parapsychology, were followed later by computer composition (IRCAM, France).
Among numerous awards and prices, Platz was composer in residence at the Villa Serbelloni (Rockefeller Foundation) and spent several months in Japan upon a grant by Japan Foundation.
Platz taught and published in many European countries, the US, Mexico, and Japan. He appeared or had his works performed in all the important festivals in Europe, including the Salzburg Festival.
Platz has conducted more than 300 first performances by composers including Bussotti, Hosokawa, Huber, Kagel, Scelsi, Xenakis...
He lives in Cologne and is currently principal guest conductor of Ensemble Alternance (Paris) and Musica d'Insieme (Milan).
Platz is professor of composition and conducting contemporary ensemble-music at the University of Music, Würzburg, Germany.