Andrea Lorenzo Scartazzini


Born in Basle on 9 January


Studied German and Italian at Basle University


Studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn at Basle Musikhochschule


Composition lessons from Wolfgang Rihm in Karlsruhe


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


Study grant from the Kiefer Hablitzel Foundation, Berne


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


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


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


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


Katarakt premièred by the Collegium Novum, Zurich


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


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