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Heinz Holliger

Heinz Holliger

BiographyHolliger was born in Langenthal, Switzerland, and began his musical education at the conservatories of Bern and Basel. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez. Holliger took first prize for oboe in the International Competition in Geneva in 1959.He has become one of the world's most celebrated oboists, and many composers (including Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Frank Martin, Hans Werner Henze, Witold Lutoslawski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Isang Yun) have written works for him. He began teaching at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany in 1966.In 1972 Holliger, Maurice Bourgue (oboe), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), and Christiane Jaccottet (continuo) et al. recorded the Six Trio Sonatas for Oboe and Bassoon by Jan Dismas Zelenka. This recording is credited for the "Zelenka Renaissance".Holliger has also composed many works in a variety of media. Many of his works have been recorded for the ECM label.Invited by Walter Fink, he was the 17th composer featured in the annual Komponistenporträt of the Rheingau Musik Festival in 2007 in chamber music and a symphonic concert that he conducted himself, including works of Claude Debussy and Robert Schumann along with his Lieder after Georg Trakl and Gesänge der Frühe on words of Schumann and Friedrich Hölderlin.On the occasion of Paul Sacher's 70th birthday, Holliger was one of twelve composer-friends of his who were asked by Russian cellist Mstislav Rostropovich to write compositions for cello solo using his name spelt out in German names for musical notes on the theme (eS, A, C, H, E, Re); Holliger contributed a Chaconne for Violoncello Solo. The compositions were partially presented in Zurich on 2 May 1976. The whole "eSACHERe" project was (for the first time in complete performance) performed by Czech cellist František Brikcius in May 2011 in Prague.AwardsLéonie Sonning Music Prize (1987; Denmark)Zurich Festival Prize (2007)Ernst von Siemens Music Prize (1991)Rheingau Musikpreis (2008)Selected worksSequenzen über Johannes I,32 (1962) for harpSiebengesang (1966–1967) for solo oboe, orchestra, voices and loudspeakerStreichquartett (1973) for string quartetScardanelli-Zyklus (1975–1991) for solo flute, small orchestra, tape and mixed choirCome and Go / Va et vient / Kommen und Gehen (1976/1977), opera to a text by Samuel BeckettNot I (1978–1980) monodrama for soprano and tapeStudie über Mehrklänge (1979) for oboe soloLieder ohne Worte (1982–1994), two sets of works for violin and pianoGesänge der Frühe for choir, orchestra and tape, after Schumann and Hölderlin (1987)What Where (1988), chamber operaAlb-Chehr (1991) for speaker, singers and chamber ensembleFünf Lieder für Altstimme und großes Orchester nach Gedichten von Georg Trakl (1992–2006)Violin Concerto Hommage à Louis Soutter (1993–1995)Schneewittchen (1998), opera based on a text by Robert WalserPuneigä ten songs with twelve players after Anna Maria Bacher's poems (2000/02)Ma'mounia for percussion solo and instrumental quintet (2002)Romancendres for cello and piano (2003)Induuchlen, four songs for counter-tenor and horn, for Klaus Huber (2004)Toronto-Exercises for flute (also alto flute), clarinet, violin, harp and marimbaphone (2005)


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