*1958 in Munich, +2017 in Berlin; has lived in Berlin since 1981.
Hirsch has been a composer since 1976 and also, from time to time, an actor and a stage director.
His works have been performed in several European countries, in the USA and South Korea, and at important festivals such as the Donaueschingen Festival, Musica Viva (Munich), the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, MaerzMusik Berlin, Eclat-Festival Stuttgart, etc.
His opera Das stille Zimmer was commissioned by the Bielefeld opera house in 2000. He has written operas for numerous festivals as well as for the Hanover State Opera and the Stuttgart State Opera.
Some recent compositions: the vocal symphony Worte Steine for solo bass, choir and grand orchestra (2007-2009), the madrigal opera Tragicomedia (2009) and Rezitativ und Arie for string orchestra and percussion (2010).
Michael Hirsch received the Elisabeth Schneider prize for composition in 2001 and the Busoni prize for composition in 2005. Villa Serpentara (Olevano Romano) scholarship in 2008.