Jens Cording, a music instructor and qualified violinist, played in several orchestras and ensembles. He then studied cultural management at the College for Music and Drama in Hamburg, concentrating on marketing, event planning and time management. Since 1993, he has been the project leader of the music section of the Siemens Arts Programme. In this role, Cording initiates and conceives projects encompassing commissions for new pieces, contemporary music concerts and experiments on industrial sound with new music. He has implemented numerous projects, including 'mechanic' (first performed in Magdeburg in 1997) for fairground organ; the video opera 'weather' by Michael Gordon (first performed in Bonn in 1997); the museum project 'Changes' (Dresden, 1999/2000); 'Orpheus Kristall', an opera in two media (Munich and internet 2002); and a scholarship programme, 'Silk Road Artists in Residence Program' (USA, since 2002). Cording has been Deputy Chairman of the Institut für Klangkunst since 2001 and President of the Gesellschaft für Neue Musik in Germany since 2002.