Ulrich Stranz

1946

Born in Neumarkt St. Veit/Upper Bavaria on May 10th

1965-1968

Studied music theory and composition with Fritz Büchtger and violin with Erich Keller as part of the Munich Waltershausen Seminar

1966

Highschool graduation at the “Musisches Gymnasium”, Munich

1968-1972

Violin studies with Heinz Endres and composition studies with Günter Bialas at the State School for Music, Munich

1970

First prize in the composition competition for the 20th anniversary of the Südwest- deutsches Kammerorchester, Pforzheim (Southwest German Chamber Orchestra)

1971

Richard Strauss Prize from the city of Munich

1972

State Exam in composition at the State School for Music, Munich

1972–1974

Grant from the DAAD (German Academic Foreign Service) for work at the Institute for Sonology at the Utrecht University (studio for electronic music)

1974

Support prize for young composers of classical music from the city of Stuttgart
Moving to Zurich

1974–

Various teaching and orchestra commitments in Zurich and Munich

1975

Award from the city of Zurich

1976

Support prize from the city of Munich
Kranichstein Music Prize in composition from the city of Darmstadt

1980/81

Grant to stay for six months in the Villa Massimo in Rome

1983

Award from the city of Zurich

1989

Work year for composers awarded by the city of Zurich

1992

Schneider Schott Prize, Mainz

2000

Gerda-und-Günter-Bialas Prize of the GEMA Foundation

2004

Died in Zürich on April 27th

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“The basic tenant which I use when thinking in music is an order of the twelve tones with a diatonic and/or enharmonic back-drop. This is though far removed from the dodecaphonic technique. Thereby a lot remains open, and indeed composing does not mean for me the use of a ready-made musical language which is divorced from the current compositional process. Striving for the first concrete formulations at the beginning of a work, I frequently search for a constructive main idea which is suited to lend continuity and unity in a characteristic way to the composition at hand. Although I try to avoid tried and true artistic techniques, I still aim for music which makes sense, is logical, organic and a unified entity. I consider an experiment as successful when the audience does not recognize it as such.”

     Ulrich Stranz

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