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Artist's name

When I was fifteen, I played one of my songs in a concert at school. The other day my latin teacher came in and said before the class that he liked my music since it was "so lyrical". A classmate hearing that subsequently called me "Lyhrus". And that spread immediately. I disliked the nickname because it most notably was used by other students to provoke me. But I could not get rid of it until the end of my schooltime.
Years later I felt the need to publish some new music projects by using an artist's name. I remembered that nickname from school and decided to use it, as I regarded the name as short and having a history that would remind me to my roots as a composer.

– Lyhrus, 19th April 2020


photo © Miriam Klingl

The blossoms of yearning

I have many musical roots, but each delves into another soil. I love the chants of the european high culture as well as the hook lines of excellent pop songs or the electronic soundscapes of ambient music. I find my material in the melancholy of the Portuguese Fado as well as in the catchy tunes of the German Volkslied. The neo-classical cool of the Scandinavian north is in my music just as the whirling rush born from the Viennese Waltz.

Often, I don’t understand why this or that musical material comes into my mind, demanding to be used. As a composer I want to be not in the way but give a form to what flows up from the roots, edging towards the light. My task is to let it all blossom. These blossoms have many hues, many shapes. But they all are nourished by the spirit of melody – and by the yearning to be touched, to touch others, to touch you.


photo © Miriam Klingl


After finishing classical music studies at the Staatliche Musikhochschule Freiburg in 1995, Lyhrus founded a non-professional music theater company called Theaterhaus in a village next to Freiburg and worked there for four years.

In 2002 he founded in Freiburg the Lusorium Klangraumtheater, a sound theater company. He wrote and performed Das Winterbett in collaboration with Ullo von Peinen (Freiburger Stadttheater) and the John Sheppard Ensemble in 2003.

In the same year Lyhrus moved to Berlin to study at the SAE Berlin. He obtained a diploma as audio engineer in 2004. Beside that he started working as a graphic designer for orchestras, choirs and soloists throughout the world.

In 2008 Lyhrus re-founded the Lusorium in Berlin. Between 2009 and 2011 he wrote, produced and performed The garden and Quarrtsiluni, two full-length programmes combining spacial radio plays and live music for choirs, soloists, bands, and speakers.

In 2017, after working for 15 years as graphic designer for customers, Lyhrus decided to bring this work to an end. In the same year he walked on the Pilgrim's route to Santiago de Compostela.

When he came back from Spain in October 2017, he founded NOYA Theater of Sound in Berlin to focus upon a new vision of concert projects.

In 2018 NOYA Chorus came into being, a non-professional 50-singers-choir, followed by The NOYA Ensemble, a group of eight professional vocalists a few months later. Both groups rehearse and perform many of their concerts at the Osterkirche Berlin. 

In September 2018 Lyhrus performed the concert programme Vigilia in Berlin in collaboration with The NOYA Ensemble for the first time, followed by several concerts in Berlin and Potsdam between 2018 and 2020.

In November 2018 the first staged concert of NOYA Chorus took place, called The book of hours. It combined choral works, electronic soundscapes, piano music, and performance.

This project was followed up by the second programme The banquet which was performed in November 2019.

In 2020 Lyhrus started a collaboration with polish soprano soloist Dorota Bronikowska, who appears also as first soprano singer of the NOYA Ensemble. Their first song programme Vespertine Blooms was interupted by the pandemic and will be performed later on.

To get things concerning the public more simple and clear, the NOYA Ensemble altered its name into The Lyhrus Ensemble in 2020.

Taking advantage of the limitations due to the pandemic he started to work on re-arrangements of his compositions to make them part of the new concert programme ›The Pilgrim Age‹. This programme has been performed by the Lyhrus Ensemble in concerts since October 2021.

Due to a number of problems caused by the pandemic Lyhrus decided to terminate his work as artistic leader of NOYA in the beginng of 2022 and started to focus on further Lyhrus projects such as the recording of ›The Melophilia Trilogy‹, and and a first electronic concert programme.


photo © Bernd Blome


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