Dieter Ammann

1962

Born on 17 May in Aarau, Switzerland
First piano lessons at pre-school age; later self-taught on the trumpet. During secondary school learnt piano and guitar.

from 1982

Course at the Akademie für Schul- und Kirchenmusik in Lucerne, at the same time as gaining diplomas in school music teaching (main study: conducting)

1983-84

Jazz School in Bern (general department)

1986

Period in Berlin as a freelance musician (particularly improvised music)

1988-92

Degree course in theory and composition at the Musikakademie Basel

from 1991

Beginn der Kompositionstätigkeit, Kurse bei W. Rihm, W. Lutoslawski, D. Schnebel, N. Castiglioni

Förderungspreis des Aargauer Kuratoriums

Began working as a composer, attending courses with W. Rihm, W. Lutoslawski, D. Schnebel, N. Castiglioni
Award from the Aargauer Kuratorium

1993

Project grant from the Aargauer Kuratorium

1995

First prize winner for Switzerland in the ‘Young composers in Europe’ competition, Leipzig (study visit, combined with presentation concerts in the Gewandhaus)

1996

Main prize at the ‘International Competition for Composers’ (in honour of Luciano Berio) from the IBLA Foundation New York
Composition grant from the City and Canton of Lucerne
Project grant from the Aargauer Kuratorium

1997

First prize in the international composition competition ‘Symposium NRW für Neue Musik’ as part of the ‘Niederrheinischer Herbst’ Festival

1998

Composition grant from the Aargauer Kuratorium
Winner of the Franz Liszt Scholarship from the ‘Franz Liszt’ Hochschule für Musik and the 1999 European Capital of Culture Weimar (6-month composition residency with concerts)

1999

Second Level Award at the ‘International Competition for Composers’ from the IBLA Foundation New York

2001

Composition grant from the Aargauer Kuratorium

2003

Composer-in-residence at the 18th International Music Festival Davos (Switzerland)
Studio residency in Berlin awarded by the Aargauer Kuratorium
Work prize from the city of Zofingen
Recognition award from the M. + C. Dienemann Foundation

2004

Composition grant from the City and Canton of Lucerne

2007

Composition grant from the Aargauer Kuratorium

2008

Award of Composer’s Prize from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Munich

2009

Composer in residence at the Festival les muséiques Basel

2010

Composer in residence at the Lucerne Festival

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“A definition of music? A segment of (experience of) time shaped by means of sound, in a musical language which is as independent as possible. Although the strength of the treatment of materials and the complexity regarding structure and form represent indispensable features of composed music, it is my aim to write a gestural and emotionally-laden music by means of musical fantasy and intuition.”

     Dieter Ammann

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