Dieter Ammann

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Dieter Ammann (born May 17, 1962 in Aarau ) is a Swiss musician ( bass guitar , trumpet , cornet , keyboard ) and composer who grew up and lives in Zofingen and has received several awards .


Dieter Ammann grew up in a very musical family. After graduating from high school, Ammann began studying music at the Lucerne Academy for School and Church Music ; At the same time, he completed a few semesters at the Swiss Jazz School in Bern.

After that he worked for some time as a musician in the field of improvised music / jazz. Since the early 1980s he has played as a trumpeter, keyboardist and electric bassist in the freefunk band Donkey Kong's Multiscream and as a sideman with Marco Käppeli and other groups at international festivals in Cologne , Willisau , Antwerp and Lugano, for example .

Record productions and studio sessions brought him together with artists as diverse as Eddie Harris , Peter Brötzmann and Udo Lindenberg . This was followed by studies in theory and composition at the Music Academy of the City of Basel , followed by master classes with Wolfgang Rihm , Witold Lutosławski a . a.

In the 1990s, Ammann's focus shifted towards composition; for his orchestral and chamber music works he has received numerous national and international awards (e.g. Aargauer Kuratorium, main prize at the international composition competition of the IBLA Foundation New York, Franz Liszt scholarship from the “Weimar European City of Culture” foundation, 1st prize “ young composers in Europe ”, Leipzig et al). Writes little because slowly. Ammann is Professor of Theory / Composition at the Lucerne School of Music .

In December 2010, Ammann and his wife Yolanda received honorary citizenship of the city of Zofingen .

Previous activities

  • Commissioned compositions (e.g. for the Lucerne Festival , ensemble for new music Zurich , Mondrian Ensemble, Berlin Philharmonic String Trio , Basel Chamber Orchestra , European Music Month, etc.)
  • Performances at home and abroad (e.g. Gewandhaus (Leipzig) , Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, Philharmonie Berlin, Center Culturel Suisse Paris, Festival "Lichtung" Tokyo, Spring Festival Port Fairy (AUS), Bucharest (World Music Days 99 ) ua)
  • Improvised music, jazz (including participation in the international festivals in Willisau, Lugano, Cologne, Antwerp); as a "freelance musician" involved in various record productions (e.g. Eddie Harris)
  • Professor at the Lucerne School of Music (Faculty I and II) for composition, composition / analysis and instrumental practice
  • Board member IGNM , Central Switzerland branch
  • Jury member of the music competition commission of the city and canton of Lucerne
  • Artistic director of the concert series Kulturraum Hirzenberg

Awards, grants

Awards, grants nationally

  • 1991: Award of the Aargau Board of Trustees
  • 1993: Contribution to the Aargau Board of Trustees
  • 1996: Work contribution from the city and canton of Lucerne
  • 1996: Project contribution from the Aargau Board of Trustees
  • 1998: Contribution from the Aargau Board of Trustees
  • 2001: Contribution from the Aargau Board of Trustees
  • 2003: Atelier stay in Berlin of the Aargauer Kuratorium
  • 2003: Prize of the City of Zofingen
  • 2003: Acknowledgment award from the Marianne and Curt Dienemann Foundation
  • 2004: Work contribution from the city and canton of Lucerne
  • 2007: Contribution from the Aargau Board of Trustees

Awards, scholarships international

  • 1995: First prize winner for Switzerland in the competition "Young composers in Europe", Leipzig (study visit, combined with presentation concerts in the Gewandhaus)
  • 1996: Main prize at the ”International Competition for Composers” (in honor of Luciano Berio) of the IBLA Foundation New York
  • 1997: First prize at the international composition competition “Symposium NRW for New Music” as part of the festival “Niederrheinischer Herbst”
  • 1997: Winner of the Franz Liszt Scholarship from the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar and Weimar 1999 Kulturstadt Europa GmbH (6-month composition stay with concerts)
  • 1999: Second Level Award at the ”International Competition for Composers” of the IBLA Foundation New York
  • 2003: Composer-in-residence at the 18th Davos International Music Festival (CH)
  • 2008: Composers' Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize
  • 2009: Composer-in-residence at the Festival les muséiques Basel
  • 2010: Composer-in-residence at the Lucerne Festival

Works (selection)

  • Piece For Cello , Imagination against numbers , for cello (1994, rev. 1998)
  • Regard Sur Les Traditions , avec quelques trompes d'oreille , for piano 4 hands (1995)
  • The Freedon Of Speech , for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion (1995/96)
  • Belonged Form - Hommages I - II - III , for violin, viola and violoncello (1998)
  • Violation , for violoncello and ensemble (1998/99, for Yolanda)
  • Boost , for orchestra (2000/01)
  • Core , for orchestra (2002)
  • A (tenir) tension , trio for flute and percussion duo (2002)
  • Broken movement , string quartet (2003)
  • Aprés Le Silence , for violin, violoncello and piano (2004/05)
  • Presto Sostinato , for large ensemble (2006)
  • pose , for 14 strings (2007/08)
  • String Quartet No.2 (Distanzenquartett) , for 2 violins, viola and cello (2009)
  • TURN , for orchestra (2010)
  • CUTE , for flute and clarinet (2011)
  • unbalanced instability , concert movement for violin and chamber orchestra (2012–2013)
  • Le réseau des reprises , for large ensemble (2013–2014), world premiere on October 2, 2014 in Strasbourg
  • glut , for orchestra (2014–2016), world premiere on May 11, 2016 in Zurich
  • Piano Concerto Gran Toccata (2019)

Individual evidence

  1. Presentation of the Hirzenberg Cultural Area Association. Retrieved October 26, 2008 .

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