Anian Wiedner (b. 2001) is a German composer whose music has been described as colorful and mysterious with a dark intensity. Having initially trained as an organist, he is particularly keen on writing for specific room acoustics, exploring long sustaining sounds alongside contrapuntal textures and employing improvisational techniques in his compositional process. His musical influences range from the peaceful stillness in the works of Éliane Radigue and Arvo Pärt, to the inherently dramatic and sinister music of Unsuk Chin and Kaija Saariaho. Anian’s compositional output includes pieces for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and electronics. Recent highlights include a four-hour long sound installation in the RCM Museum, blending historical instruments with modern electronics as well as his orchestral piece Sesquialtera, which was the winning submission of the RCM concerto competition in February 2022.
Anian is currently in his final year at the Royal College of Music, where he studies composition with Alison Kay, Jonathan Cole and Simon Holt and has previously studied the Organ with David Graham and Andrew Dewar. Outside of the RCM, he has studied composition under the supervision of Gavin Bryars at the Dartington International Music Summer School and Festival as well as undertaking conducting courses at both the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal College of Organists.