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Heinz Holliger

21.05.1939
Voice/Instrument: Oboe

Biography

Heinz Holliger (born 21 May 1939(1939-05-21)) is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor.

He was born in Langenthal, Switzerland and began his musical education at the conservatories of Bern and Basel. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez. He took first prize for oboe in the International Competition in Geneva in 1959.

He has become one of the world's most celebrated oboists, and many contemporary composers (like Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Elliot Carter, Frank Martin, Hans Werner Henze, Witold Lutoslawski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Isang Yun) have written works for him. He began teaching at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany in 1966.

In 1972 Holliger, Maurice Bourgue (oboe), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), and Christiane Jaccottet (continuo) et al. recorded the Six Trio Sonatas for Oboe and Bassoon by Jan Dismas Zelenka. This recording is credited for the "Zelenka Renaissance".

Holliger has also composed many works in a variety of media. Many of his works have been recorded for the ECM label.

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