Rainer Rubbert was born in Erlangen, Germany, in 1957, and he grew up in Berlin where he still lives and works.
From 1975-1981 he studied composition with Prof. Witold Szalonek, at the Berlin School for the Arts (Hochschule der Künste Berlin). Herr Rubbert was significantly influenced by Prof. Szalonek’s radical style, with its distinctive resolution of the apparent contradiction between advanced musical material, compositional rigor and free expression.
Herr Rubbert has received numerous prizes and fellowships, among others : Prix Marcel Josse 1979 ; the Cité des Arts Fellowship 1986/87 ; the Budapest Composition Prize 1989 ; the Musical Arts Prize of the Academy of the Arts 1992 ; the Villa-Serpentara Fellowship 2003 ; the Carl-von-Ossietzky Composition Prize 2007 and the Premio Cittŕ di Fossacesia 2012.
Since 1989 he has been one of the artististic directors of the concert series Unerhörte Musik.
In 2008 he wrote the Kleist Opera after a libretto by Tanja Langer.
In 2013 he was awarded the German Composition (Musikautoren) prize.1957