A German and Swiss composer born January 1st, 1960.
Hanspeter Kyburz studied composition with Alexandra Dobrowolsky and Gösta Neuwirth in Graz and then at the Academy of the Arts in Berlin (1982-1990) with Gösta Neuwirth and Frank Michael Beyer, before taking advanced classes with Hans Zender in Frankfurt (1990-1993).
Also the holder of a master’s degree in musicology, philosophy and the history of art, he has composed works that reveal affinities with philosophy, literature (Parts for ensemble, premiered by Klangforum Wien at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik in 1995; Ptyx for 2 pianos, premiered at the festival Musica in 2015) and with the visual arts (Réseaux for instrumental ensemble, 2003; Projektion for ensemble and orchestra, first performed by the Orchestre National de Lille and the Ensemble Intercontemporain in 2005).
Influenced by a phenomenological approach to sound and its perception, he readily uses computing and spatialisation, is interested in the harmonic dimension, the techniques of the spectral school and has particular recourse to algorithms (Cells for saxophone and ensemble, 1994). He devises open works (Noesis for orchestra, first performance at the festival of Lucerne in 2001; Double Points: OYTIE for dancer, soprano, 6 instruments and electronics, premiered by the Ensemble Intercontemporain in 2011) and he has rethought the soloist/ensemble relationship in his concertante works (L’autre, concerto for oboe and ensemble, premiered at the festival Archipel in 2017).
Hanspeter Kyburz gives masterclasses in Europe and teaches composition at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin and the Musikhochschule in Basel, where he also directs the electronic music studio.