Ulrich Stranz


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


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


Highschool graduation at the “Musisches Gymnasium”, Munich


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


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


Richard Strauss Prize from the city of Munich


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


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


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


Various teaching and orchestra commitments in Zurich and Munich


Award from the city of Zurich


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


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


Award from the city of Zurich


Work year for composers awarded by the city of Zurich


Schneider Schott Prize, Mainz


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


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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