The German composer, Reinhard Febel, studied in 1979 composition with Klaus Huber in Freiburg. He was a scholarship holder of the Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung des Südwestfunks. In 1980 he won the Beethoven prize of Bonn, composition prize at the composition seminar Boswil (Switzerland). In 1982 he participated in courses for electronic music at the IRCAM Paris. In 1983 the Bayerischen Staatsoper München ordered from him composition for the chamber opera Euridice; the same year he participated in lectures, seminars, concerts in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and Peru with the Goethe Institute.
From 1983 to 1988 Reinhard Febel operated as a freelance composer in London. In 1984 he was scholarship holder of the Villa Massimo Rome, and won prize of the Steinbrenner-Stiftung Berlin. In 1985 the Youth Orchestra of the European Community ordered from him a composition, and his Symphony was premiered at the Donaueschinger Musiktagen. In 1987 he composed music for the television movie Der Zauberbaum after Peter Sloterdijk's novel. In 1988 was the premiere of the opera Nacht mit Gästen after Peter Weiss at the Kieler Opera; the same year he won the Stamitz Price.
Since 1989 Reinhard Febel is Professor for composition and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. In 1992 was the premiere of the opera Sekunden und Jahre des Caspar Hauser at the Theater Dortmund and he had artist scholarship of Lower Saxony. In 1993 he taught in Cameroon, was guest lecturer at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. In 1994 was the premiere of the opera Morels Erfindung at the Staatstheater Darmstadt, and he gave guest lectures in Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand as well as Riga, Latvia. In 1995 he gave composition courses in La Paz, Bolivia and at the CEAMC in Buenos Aires. In 1996 was the premiere of the musical-theatre Beauty at the Hagen Opera. In 1997 he gave workshops and guest lectures in Houston, Texas as well as Taipei, Taiwan and Kyoto, Japan, and was Professor for composition at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. In 1999 was a production of the radio-play Desert Inn at the WDR Köln. In 2000 he was guest lecturer at the Hacettepe University in Ankara.
In 2001 Reinhard Febel's musical-theatre Besuchszeit was premiered at the Oper Bonn, and he was guest lecturer at the University of Natal, Durban. In 2002 he was guest lecturer at the Conservatoire Skopje, Macedonia. In 2003 Wolkenstein, Lieder und Chöre nach Texten und Melodien des Oswald von Wolkenstein was premiered at the Philharmonie Berlin, and he was guest lecturer at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. In 2004 he was guest teacher at Musikhochschule Weimar, and the opera Sphinxes was premiered at the Irish National Orchestra in Dublin. In 2005 he was guest teacher at the Edinburgh University, the Stellenbosch University, South Africa and the CEAMC in Buenos Aires; his chamber opera Frida was premiered at Toihaus Salzburg (TRT-Festival); he gave master-class in composition at the Salzburger Sommerakademie. In August 2006 his chamber opera Gespensterhaus (work title) was premired at the Toihaus Salzburg (TRT-festival); he gave guest courses at the conservatoires of Udine, Italy and Sevilla, Spain.