Heinz Holliger
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1939-05-21
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Heinz Holliger

Heinz Holliger Biography (BBC)

Probably the most important and versatile contemporary personality in Swiss music - as composer, conductor and the world's most famous oboist - Heinz Holliger lives in Basel but was born in Langenthal, Canton of Bern. While still a schoolboy he studied oboe with Emile Cassagnaud at the Bern Conservatory and composition with the Swiss-domiciled Hungarian composer Sandor Veress.

Subsequently, in Paris, he continued his oboe studies as well as studying piano with Yvonne Lefébure and composition with Pierre Boulez. In 1959, at the age of 20, he became Principal Oboe of the Basel Orchestral Society, and by the early 1960s his extraordinary virtuosity on his instrument had set him on a career as a leading international performing and recording artist. He has won many recording awards, both in his own right and as a duo with his harpist wife Ursula Holliger.

A host of contemporary composers have written works for him, among them Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Hans Werner Henze, György Kurtág, Witold Lutos?awski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Toøru Takemitsu and Isang Yun.

Holliger has also been instrumental in reviving much forgotten oboe music from the Baroque and pre-Classical eras, and is principally responsible for the revival of interest in the music of the Bohemian Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745, whom Holliger has called "the best composer who has ever written for the oboe"). As a soloist Holliger has worked with most of the world's major orchestras, and he has also conducted several of them. For several years he has worked in partnership with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (which he co-founded) as well as with the Ensemble Modern and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. He has a long-standing association with the SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart, with which he is currently recording a series of CDs devoted to the music of Charles Koechlin.

Holliger has composed in all the principal genres, from opera to orchestral, solo and chamber works, and he has written numerous vocal works, inspired especially by such poets as Holderlin, Trakl, Beckett and Celan. Holliger's intense interest in literature extends into the realm of words, their meanings, associations, power of suggestion and phonetics. In the late 1960s he started to work with sound effects and phonetic elements as compositional material, and came to rely less on absolute pitch; some works also use aspects of the breathing process as either a metaphor or technique for other musical processes.

Among his principal works are Siebengesang for oboe, orchestra, voices and loudspeakers (1966-7), Pneuma for wind instruments, percussion, organ and radios (1970), Not I, a monodrama for soprano and tape to a text by Samuel Beckett (1978-80), the remarkable Scardanelli-Zyklus (1975-91) for voices and instruments based on the late poems written by Holderlin in his madness, and the opera Schneewittchen (1997) after Robert Walser. Holliger has been increasingly interested in setting texts in Swiss-German dialects such as Pumatter Titsch, resulting in such works as Alb-Chehr and Puneigš. He was Composer-in-Residence of the Orchestra de la Suisse Romande for 1993-4, and of the Lucerne Festival in 1998, while in 2003 the Cité de la Musique in Paris dedicated a week of concerts to his works.

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Heinz Holliger Biography (Wikipedia)

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

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Heinz Holliger Tracks

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Oboe Concerto in C major (K.285d/314a)
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Oboe Concerto in C major (K.285d/314a)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A minor, BWV 1055R
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Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A minor, BWV 1055R
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto for Oboe and Strings in B flat major, RV464
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Concerto for Oboe and Strings in B flat major, RV464
Robert Schumann, WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln & Heinz Holliger
The Bride of Messina, Op 100
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The Bride of Messina, Op 100
Antonio Vivaldi
Oboe Concerto in B flat major, RV 465
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Oboe Concerto in B flat major, RV 465
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto in G major for oboe and bassoon, RV 545
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Concerto in G major for oboe and bassoon, RV 545
Antonio Vivaldi
Concerto No. 1 in B flat, RV465 for oboe, violin, strings and continuo (Op. 7 No. 1)
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Concerto No. 1 in B flat, RV465 for oboe, violin, strings and continuo (Op. 7 No. 1)
Ludwig August Lebrun
Oboe Concerto No 2 in G minor (3rd mvt)
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Oboe Concerto No 2 in G minor (3rd mvt)
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Concerto a 5 in C major Op.7`2 for 2 oboes and strings
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Concerto a 5 in C major Op.7`2 for 2 oboes and strings
Ludwig August Lebrun
Oboe Concerto No 3 in C major (3rd mvt)
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Oboe Concerto No 3 in C major (3rd mvt)
Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni
Concerto à 5 in F major, Op 9 No 3
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Concerto à 5 in F major, Op 9 No 3
Giuseppe Baldassare Sammartini
Oboe Concerto in D major
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Oboe Concerto in D major
Franz Schubert, Heinz Holliger & Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Symphony no6
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Symphony no6
György Ligeti
Concert Românesc
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Concert Românesc
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piano Concerto No23
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Piano Concerto No23
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Past BBC Events

Proms 2003: Prom 05
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Royal Albert Hall
2003-07-21T04:10:52
21
Jul
2003

Proms 2003: Prom 05

22:00
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1989: Prom 30
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ejn8gw
Royal Albert Hall
1989-08-15T04:10:52
15
Aug
1989

Proms 1989: Prom 30

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1981: Prom 38
http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/ehn6q9
Royal Albert Hall
1981-08-25T04:10:52
25
Aug
1981

Proms 1981: Prom 38

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1979: Prom 18
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Royal Albert Hall
1979-08-08T04:10:52
8
Aug
1979

Proms 1979: Prom 18

19:30
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 1978: Prom 25
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Royal Albert Hall
1978-08-16T04:10:52
16
Aug
1978

Proms 1978: Prom 25

19:30
Royal Albert Hall

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