Rüdiger Gönnert Was born in Potsdam and he left the GDR for West Germany legally in 1974 with his entire family.
His background is filled with several files of the Stasi. His first pieces were composed at the age of twelve and these were the three small piano works; Grave - Ein Tanz - Allegro. In his school days he wrote some works, e.g. the sonata as-moll, which can be traced back to a dispute with the music teacher of the grammar school - quote of the teacher: There is no a-flat minor, one takes g-sharp minor During his studies at the Folkwang-Hochschule (1988-1992) and the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule Düsseldorf (1992-1994) there were regular contacts with thecomposition class of B. Dimov and, since he was registered as a contrabassist, he gave several performances with the Ensemble Modern. In 1996 his Requiem was released in CD. After his studies he became a member of the ArToll-Ensemble (1996-2004). Since more than half of the performers were also composers, this was an extremely fruitful time in terms of composition, leading to several recordings. His own works were premiered, contemporary works, such as Stockhausen's Zodiac, were arranged and performed, and were performed in the presence of composers such as G. Katzer. After the orchestra was dissolved in 2004 for financial reasons, only smaller compositions were composed, mainly for gifted pupils, and arrangements for the string class of the Musik-Kolleg in Emmerich am Rhein, which was taken over in 2005.