C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Wohlhauser, René 




René Wohlhauser, composer, baritone, pianist, conductor

Born in 1954, he grew up in Brienz. Many years’ experience as a rock-and jazz musician, improvisor, Lied accompanist, founder and artistic director of the ensemble Polysono have accompanied his main profession as composer of contemporary music. He studied at the Basle Conservatory (with Robert Suter, Jacques Wildberger and Thomas Kessler). Composition courses with Kazimierz Serocki, Mauricio Kagel, Herbert Brün and Heinz Holliger. Composition studies with Klaus Huber and Brian Ferneyhough. Further studies in piano with Stéphane Reymond. Voice studies with David Wohnlich and Robert Koller. Many performances in Switzerland and abroad, e.g. Schauspielhaus Berlin, NôtreDame- de-Paris, Tokyo, Rome, St. Petersburg, and also often at festivals such as Darmstadt, Odessa, Zürich, Sofia, Cardiff. Many composition prices, e.g. Valentino Bucchi in Rome in 1978, the prize of the Domkapitel Salzburg in 1987, the Kranichsteiner Stipendienpreis at the Internationalen Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt in 1988, the 1st prize of the Eastern Swiss Foundation for Music and Theatre in 1990, the Lucerne Furtherance Prize in 1991, the prize of the Society for Music-Pedagogical Research in Zurich in 1992, the prize of Swiss Radio International in 1996 and the Furtherance Prize of the Canton of Basel-Landschaft in 1998. In 2004, his opera Gantenbein was given its world premiere at the Lucerne Theatre. Since 2008 he tours Europe as a baritone, pianist and conductor with his own ensemble Polysono. He has been a guest lecturer in composition at the Internationale Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik (198894), at the Odessa Festival (1996-98) and at the International Composer’s Course in Lugano (2000). He has published on compositional, aesthetic and philosophical aspects of new music, in among others „MusikTexte“ Cologne, „Neue Zürcher Zeitung“, „Darmstädter Beiträge zur Neuen Musik“ and in „New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century“). He has been active in musico-political matters (with the Basle Composer’s Forum, the Schweizerisches Komponisten-Kollegium, and in the worldwide score distribution system ‘Adesso’). He teaches composition, music theory and improvisation at the Basle Music Academy (and 1979-91 at the Lucerne Academy) and as Professor at the Kalaidos Musikhochschule Zürich.




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