Beat Furrer


1954Born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on December 6th
1960Piano lessons at the Schaffhausen Conservatory
1975 Moved to Vienna, where he studied conducting with Otmar Suitner and composition with Roman Haubenstock-Ramati at the Vienna School of Music and the Performing Arts
1984Prizewinner at the "Young Generation in Europe" composition competition (Cologne, Venice, Paris)
1985Founded the Vienna Klangforum, serving as its artistic director until July 1992
1989Opera Die Blinden premièred at the "Wien modern" festival
Prizewinner at the Young Composers Forum in Cologne
1992Professor of composition at the Graz School of Music and the Performing Arts
Grant-in-aid from the Siemens Foundation
1993Music Prize of the City of Duisburg
1994Opera Narcissus premièred at the Graz Opera during the Styrian Autumn Festival
1996Composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival
1999Premiere of the sound theatre piece Stimme allein [Solo voice] at the Bonn Opera
2001Concert premiere of the music theatre piece BEGEHREN [Desire] in Graz at the Styrian Autumn Festival
2003First staged performance of the music theatre piece BEGEHREN in Graz
Premiere of the opera invocation at the Zürich Opera
2004Music Prize of the city of Vienna 2003
2005Premiere of the sound theatre piece FAMA in a specially-constructed acoustic room at the Donaueschingen Music Festival
Appointed member of Academy of the Arts, Berlin, section music
2006Golden Lion for FAMA at the Venice Biennale
2006 - 2009guest professor in composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst [College of Music and Performing Arts] in Frankfurt am Main
2010Premiere of the music theatre piece Wüstenbuch at Theater Basel
2014Awarded the Great Austrian State Prize
2015World premiere of the opera „la bianca notte/die helle nacht“ at the Hamburg State Opera
2018Awarded the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
Furrer lives in Vienna