Gordon Kampe was born in 1976 in the German town of Herne where he initially completed training as an electrician. After gaining his “Abitur” and completing his civilian service he studied composition from 1998 to 2000 at the Rostock University of Music and Drama under Hans-Joachim Hespos and Adriana Hölszky. From 2000 to 2003 he continued studies under Nicolaus A. Huber at the Folkwang University in Essen. He also studied music and history at the Ruhr University in Bochum. Gordon Kampe completed his Doctorate in Musicology specializing in the fairy tale operas of the 20th century. Since 2009 he has been research assistant at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen working towards a post-doctoral project in the field of instrumentation and performance practice in the 19th and 20th centuries. Kampe is co-editor of the journal Seiltanz – Beiträge zur Musik der Gegenwart and since 2012 has been elected member of the “Junge Akademie” at the Berlin Brandenburg Academy of Sciences/National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In the 2014/15 academic year Gordon Kampe held a temporary covering professorship in Historical Musicology at the Justus Liebig University in Gießen.

Among other things Gordon Kampe received a music grant from Berlin’s Academy of Arts in 2004 and a scholarship for the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2007. In 2013 Gordon Kampe received a scholarship from the North-Rhine Westphalian art foundation Kunststiftung NRW for the artists’ village Künstlerdorf Schöppingen and in 2014 he received a grant for the Experimentalstudio of SWR broadcasting. Gordon Kampe has won numerous prizes including the 2003 Folkwang Prize, the Franz Liszt Promotion Prize of the City of Weimar in 2006 and the composition prize of the regional capital of Stuttgart (2007 and 2011).

The ensembles, festivals and performers Gordon Kampe has worked with include: Ultraschall-Festival Berlin, eclat-Festival Stuttgart, Warsaw Autumn, Hamburger Klangwerktage, Chiffren Kiel, Ensemblia Mönchengladbach, Musica Nova Helsinki, Niedersächsische Musiktage, Stuttgart State Opera, Takefu International Music Festival, aDevantgarde Festival, axes Festival Krakau, what's next Festival Brussels, Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Saarbrücken, Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, hr Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart of SWR broadcasting, Ensemble Resonanz, KNM Berlin, e-mex-ensemble, oh ton Ensemble, Ensemble l´art pour l´art, Ensemble Adapter, ensemble chronophonie, ensemble courage, Ensemble musikFabrik, neue vocalsolisten, LUX:NM, sonic art quartet, decoder ensemble, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Staatstheater Oldenburg, Deutsche Oper Berlin and many more.