Rudolf Kelterborn

1931

born in Basel on 3 September

1950-1953

his studies include composition lessons with Walther Geiser at the Basel Music Academy and musicology with Jacques Handschin at the university there
further composition studies with Willy Burkhard in Zurich and Boris Blacher in Salzburg

1955

composition studies at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold with Günter Bialas and Wolfgang Fortner

1956-1960

active as teacher and conductor in Basel

1960-1968

teaches theory and composition at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold

1962

receives the Bernhard Sprengel Prize awarded by German Industry Hannover

1963

appointed Professor

1968-1975

teaches at the Conservatory and Musikhochschule in Zurich

1969-1974

editor-in-chief of the "Schweizerische Musikzeitung"

1970

guest lecturer in the United States
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize Zurich

1973

Zurich radio prize for a series on understanding music by listening consciously

1974-1980

head of the Music Department at the Radio of German and Rhaeto-Romanic Switzerland (DRS)

1980-1983

Professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe

1980

guest lecturer in the United States

1981

guest lecturer in England

1983-1994

Director of the Music Academy in Basel

1984

Composition Prize of the "Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein"
Arts Prize of the city of Basel

1986

guest lecturer in Japan and South Korea

1987-1997

Director of Basel Music Forum (with Heinz Holliger and Jürg Wyttenbach)

1990

composer-in-residence and instructor at Kunitachi Music College, Tokyo

1992

composer-in-residence at Cheltenham Festival

1993

visiting lecturer at Shanghai Conservatory of Music

1994-1996

teacher at Music Academy of the City of Basel

1997

Member of the Freie Akademie der Künste [Free Academy of Arts] Mannheim

1998

guest lecturer at the Lithuanian Music Academy, Vilnius

2001

composition seminar at the St. Petersburg Conservatory

2007

composer-in-residence at the Musikhochschule Münster "Musik unserer Zeit" ["Music in Our Time"]

lives in Basel

Until the mid-1990s Kelterborn was also active as a guest conductor, mainly as an interpreter of his own works. He has published numerous music-theoretical and analytical essays and books, and has been invited as a guest lecturer to England, the USA, Japan, China and Eastern Europe. Kelterborn’s compositions have been recognised in many essays and publications.

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"A number of techniques ranging from serial procedures to limited aleatoric methods are important in my music. In several works, the expressive domain is already alluded to in the title: 'Nachtstücke' (Night Pieces), 'Phantasmen', 'Traummusik' (Dream Music), 'Erinnerungen an Orpheus' (Recollections of Orpheus), 'Chiaroscuro'. Its language ranges from meditative or lyrical restraint to dramatic forcefulness, from emotional distance – partly determined by constructive principles – to elementary directness. The 'contents' of my music are characterized by the often simply unbearable tension between the wonders of the world and the tremendous possibilities of life on the one hand, and the fears, terrors and misery of our times on the other."

     Rudolf Kelterborn