Born in 1953 as an ethnic German in Bucharest. During the years 1959–69 she studied at the Music Lyceum in Bucharest in the piano class, and began composing in 1961. In 1972–75 she studied composition in Bucharest, and having moved to Germany in 1976, continued her studies with Milko Kelemen at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart (1977–80). In 1980–86 she was a teacher at the same academy, and in 1997–2000 she taught the composition class at the Hochschule für Musik in Rostock. Since 2000 she has held the post of professor of composition at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and since 2006 she has also regularly taught as an instructor at the Darmstadt Summer Courses for New Music.
She has won numerous prizes for composition, including the Premio Valentino Bucchi in Rome (1979), Gaudeamus Foundation Award (1981), Max Deutsch Prize (1982), Prize of the City of Stuttgart (1982, 1988), Ensemblia Mönchengladbach prize (1985), Heidelberg female artist prize (1990), Schneider-Schott Musikpreis (1990), Villa Massimo award in Rome (1991), Bach Prize in Hamburg (2003) and the prize of the Kaske Foundation of Munich (2011). She has appeared at many monographic concerts, lectures and workshops at home and abroad. She is a member of the art academies in Berlin and Munich.
S e l e c t e d w o r k s: Piano sonata (1975), Monologue for female voice and kettle drums (1977), Il était un homme rouge for a cappella choir (1978), …es kamen schwarze Vögel for female voices and percussion (1978), Space for orchestra (1979–80), Innere Welten I for violin, viola and cello (1981), Flux – Reflux for alto saxophone (1983), Sonnet for two female voices and two guitars (1983), Nouns to Nouns 1a (e.e. cummings) for viola (1983), Nouns to Nouns 1b for viola (1983), Nouns to Nouns II for cello (1983), Klangwerfer for 12 string instruments (1984–85), Requisiten for ensemble (1984–85), Bremer Freiheit, music theatre (1987), Vampirabile – Lichtverfall for female voices and percussion (1988),Jagt die Wölfe zurück! for six percussionists (1989–90), Karawane for 12 percussionists (1989–90), geträumt for a cappella choir (1989–90), Lichtflug for violin, flute and orchestra (1990), Miserere for accordion (1991–92), Segmente I for chamber ensemble (1992), Segmente II for percussion and piano (1992), Segmente III for oboe, accordion and double bass (1992), Gemälde lines Erschlagenen for a cappella choir (1993), An die Nacht for orchestra (1994–2001), Die Wände, music theatre (1993–95), Arena for orchestra (1995), Cargo for orchestra (1995), Tragödia, music theatre (1996–97), …und ich sah wie ein gläsernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischt… for organ (1997), Wolke und Mond for cello (or viola) and accordion (1998), Giuseppe e Sylvia, music theatre (1998–2000), Klaviatur der Mythen for six percussions and string orchestra (1999), HighWay for accordion and ensemble (1999–2001), umsphinxt for a cappella choir (2000–01), on the other side for mouth harmonica (or saxophone), clarinet, accordion and orchestra (2000– 03), Der gute Gott von Manhattan, music theatre (2003–04), Dämonen for choir and orchestra (2006), Wolke und Mond for cello, accordion and orchestra (2006), Flugmanöver for two clarinets and orchestra (2006), Countdown for countertenor and ensemble (2007), Hybris/Niobe, music theatre (2007–08), Gitter for bassoon (2008), Die Hunde des Orion for eight voices (2010).