Composer, meet your instrument!

With a choir, a composer has not just an instrument to “play” with, but a whole orchestra with almost unlimited flexibility. From unison to 40-part motet, language, sounds, range and volume, creativity in positioning, body-percussion,… – the possibilities are endless! We will explore how composers have used such ingredients in their compositions and provide you with fresh ideas and examples.

Cyrill Schürch is an award-winning composer for chorus, orchestra, chamber and educational music as well as an active pianist. His music is performed widely in Switzerland and abroad and is published by Carus-Verlag Germany, Helbling-Verlag and AVA-Editions. He received his PhD in composition from King’s College London, and a BM and MM in both composition and piano from the University of Houston Moores School of Music. Currently, he is writing a new composition as the winner of the first Mario Merz Prize and is working on a commission for the Zürcher Sing-Akademie and other choral pieces.

4 August: 10:30 - 11:30