Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini

1971

Born in Basle on 9 January

1990-1997

Studied German and Italian at Basle University

1994-1997

Studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn at Basle Musikhochschule

1998-2000

Composition lessons from Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe

1998

Jakob Burckhardt Prize from the Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Foundation, Basle

1999

Study grant from the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation, Berne

1999/2000

Studied two terms at the Royal Academy of Music, London (scholarship from the Landis & Gyr Cultural Foundation, Zug, Switzerland)

2000

Grant-in-aid from the Alexander Clavel Foundation, Riehen
Study grant from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, Munich
Cammina cammina performed at the Salzburg Easter Festival

2001

Geleit premièred at the Lucerne Festival
scongiuro premièred at the European Music Festival, Basle

2002

Hesperos: 20th Century Songs from Switzerland, a CD containing Sappho-Lieder, is issued by the English label Guild Music

2003

Katarakt premièred by the Collegium Novum, Zurich

2004

Composer-in-residence at Witten/Herdecke University from the fall semester

2006

Opera WUT premièred at Erfurt Theatre

 

“Behind closed doors. I shake off the mundane, sit down, wait, become free, shed my skin, release my innermost being, tune my soul, wait, stare at the wall until it slowly fades away. Shapes begin to emerge, soundscapes far removed from language. Composition as ritual, music as vision. And now I read the signs, interpret them – and listen, over and over again. I convert the images, translate them, search for pathways from the eye to the ear – that’s the hardest thing of all. What sustains me from place to place, from measure to measure, is the sculpted sound, the discovered gesture, the musical object, casting its shadow forward and pointing out pathways. The score: my footfalls made manifest, my remembrance of a realm inwardly divined.”

Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini, 2004