Bill Dietz, born in 1983 near in the US/Mexican border in Bisbee, Arizona, studied composition at the New England Conservatory (Boston) and Cultural Studies at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis). He has lived and worked since 2003 in Berlin, initially as Peter Ablinger’s student and assistant. He has worked regularly with Christian von Borries, Catherine Christer Hennix, Chris Newman, and, through 2009, with Maryanne Amacher. Since 2007 he is the artistic director of Ensemble Zwischentöne. In 2012 he was appointed co-chair of the Music/Sound Department in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY).
His compositions have been presented by Happy Days Sound Festival (Oslo), MaerzMusik (Berlin), Incubator Arts (New York), the “Romanischen Nacht” (WDR),“Tbilisi 6. Never on a Sunday” (Tbilisi), and many others. As an interpreter of others’ music he appears regularly (Documenta XII, “Musikprotokoll” des Steirischen Herbsts, Tate Modern, Hamburger Bahnhof). He writes and speaks frequently on music - publishing in, for example, MusikTexte, Positionen, and Performance Research Journal, and appearing at the International Congress of the Gesellschaft für Musikforschung, Aarhus University, and the Freie Universität’s “Performing the Future – Cultures of the Performative” Conference.
In recent years Dietz’ work has focused on the genealogy of the concert and the performance of listening. These concerns extend into his curatorial work with Ensemble Zwischentöne. Projects include: DAS WORT HABEN DIE BENÜTZER / LA PAROLE EST AUX USAGERS mit Janina Janke, Corbusierhaus, Berlin (2012) and Cite radieuse, Marseille (2013, presented by Marseille-Provence 2013 – European Capital of Culture); L’auditeur s’appelle Emma, 7hours Haus 19, Berlin (2010); Deluxe Edition, mit Sebastian Biskup, Brückenmusik/WDR3, Köln (2010); Eine Audienz mit dem Publikum, Konzerthaus Berlin, Sammlung Hoffmann, Haus der Kulturen der Welt und 7hours Haus 19, Berlin (2009); La claque, c´est moi, Happy Days Sound Festival, Oslo/Norwegen (2008).
In 2011 he was the recipient of a working residency at the Künstlerhaus Lukas (Ahrenshoop) and residency stipend from the Goethe Institute (New York). From 2011 to 2012, he was a guest lecturer at the University of Arts, Berlin. He is currently a resident fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart).