1954 born in Speyer/Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany,
1975-1980 study at Musikhochschule Freiburg (composition with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough, musictheory with Peter Förtig and piano with Rosa Sabater)
1977-1981 assistant at the Experimental Studio of the Heinrich Strobel Foundation, SWF scholarship-holder of the H.Strobel Foundation in 1980/81
since 1980 various assistantships/ lecturships for musictheory, improvisation and Balinese music at the music-universities Freiburg, Trossingen, Basel and University of Freiburg.
since 1986 professor for musictheory/eartraining at the Musikhochschule Freiburg
since 1980 member of ExVoCo (EXpanded VOice COmpany) Stuttgart (director: Dr. Ewal Liska.)
since 1978 various studies in Bali/Indonesia, South India and Japan, especially one year in Bali (1981/82).
1982 founding of a Balinese Gamelan Ensemble at the Musikhochschule Freiburg
1988 Tour "Portrait of Dieter Mack" in South-East Asia via the Goethe-Institut
1991 "Composer in residence" at School of Music, Wellington/New Zealand
1989 –1991 and 1996-1997 various short-time lectureships in Indonesia in composition, music education, ethnomusicological research
1992-1995 Long-time guest-lecturer (via DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service) at IKIP- Bandung, Indonesia (also joining the national committee for curriculum planning).
1997/98 Joint leader of the CATUR YUGA –project: A cultural exchange between Bali/Indonesia Basel/Switzerland and Freiburg/Germany.
1997-2005 Various short-time-lectureships in Indonesia. Consultant in a research project of UPI Bandung (former IKIP) sponsored by the Ford Foundation: Documentation of traditional musical cultures of Indonesia and a didactical follow-up.
Since 1999 guest professor at the art academy STSI Surakarta in the postgraduate study program “composition”.
Since 2003 Professor for composition at the Musikhochschule Lübeck
2003 - 2006 Consultant for the “House of World Cultures Berlin”
2004 Lecture tour in New Zealand Portrait concerts at the “Art Summit Indonesia” in Jakarta “Composer-in-residence” at the chamber music courses of “Jugend Musiziert” in Weikersheim.
2005 Curator for “Contemporary Gamelan Music Festival” at the House of World Cultures Berlin.
2006 Lecturer at the “Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik”
2007 Masterclasses at the Central Conservatory of Music Beijing/China, University of Illinois/Urbana, Weikersheim, lectureship at the Musicology Dpt., University of Heidelberg
2008 Member of the “Freie Akademie der Künste Hamburg” Vice-president of the University of Music Lübeck Participation in various committees at the DAAD, Goethe Institute.