Dieter Mack was born in 1954 in Speyer. After his first musical activities in the realm of experimental rock music and jazz, he studied composition (Huber, Ferneyhough), piano and music theory in Freiburg. Since 1980 he had various lectureships in music theory and Balinese music in Freiburg, Trossingen and Basel. In 1986 he became professor for music theory in Freiburg, and since 2003 he is professor for composition at the MHS in Lübeck. From 1977 until 1981 he was assistant at the Experimentalstudio of the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung of the SWR radio, and in 1980 he joined the Stuttgart-based ensemble ExVoCo. Since 1978 he conducted numerous field studies in India, Japan, but mainly in Indonesia. After a one-year research in Bali (1981/82) he founded his own gamelan group Anggur Jaya in Freiburg. The group once performed in Bali in 1998. Starting with a concert tour in Southeast Asia in 1988, he began his teaching career in Indonesia, and from 1992 until 1995 he was DAAD-long term lecturer at UPI-Bandung and also a member of the national curriculum commission of Indonesia. From 1996-2007 he was consultant of an educational and ethnomusicological research project at UPI-Bandung that was financed by the Ford Foundation. Since 2000 he is guest professor at the art academy ISI Surakarta. Currently he is head of the musicians selection committee at the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and a member of the music advisory board of the Goethe Institute. As a guest lecturer (beside Indonesia) he has worked in the US, Canada, new Zealand, Japan, Malaysia and China. As a composer he prefers chamber music with bigger ensembles. As an author he publishes mainly on intercultural issues in music.