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Heinz Holliger

One of the most versatile and accomplished musical personalities of our time, Holliger was born in Langenthal, Switzerland, in 1939. He studied oboe with Emile Cassagnaud and Pierre Pierlot, piano with Sava Savoff and Yvonne Lefébure and composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez in Bern, Paris and Basel. After winning first prizes at international competitions in Geneva and Munich, he embarked on an unparalleled career as an oboist. As a conductor, he has collaborated with the most distinguished orchestras and ensembles for many years. The recipient of numerous awards and prizes (including Composers Award of the Schweizer Tonkünstlerverein, Art Prize of the Town of Basel, Ernst von Siemens Music Prize, Music Prize of the Town of Frankfurt, honorary doctorate of the University of Zurich, Zurich Festival Prize, Rheingau Music Prize and others), Holliger counts among the most strikingly original contemporary composers in the world today. At the Zurich opera house, his opera "Schneewittchen", based on a text by Robert Walser, was received with international acclaim, and was subsequently the subject of an ECM recording (ECM 1715/16). Other major recordings of Heinz Holliger’s compositions on ECM include the “Scardanelli-Zyklus” (ECM 1472/73) after poems of Hölderlin, “Beiseit/Alb-Chehr” (ECM 1540), “Lieder ohne Worte” (ECM 1618), the multiple prizewinning “Violinkonzert” (ECM 1890), and the 2009-released “Romancendres,” a meditation upon artistic sensibilities in German musical and literary romanticism.

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