Fabian Müller (composer)
Fabian Müller (born 1964) is a Swiss composer.
Fabian Müller is one of the leading Swiss composers of his generation. He first studied the cello with Claude Starck at the Zurich Conservatory, but then increasingly dedicated his energies to composition. He studied composition with Josef Haselbach at the Zurich Conservatory. After completing his studies, he spent four summers at the courses of the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado). While there, he studied with Jacob Druckman, Bernard Rands and George Tsontakis. In 1996, Müller won the composition prize at the Aspen Festival (the Jacob Druckman Award for Orchestral Composition).
He received decisive encouragement from David Zinman, who made a recording with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London, together with the Cello Concerto from 1999 and three further orchestral works. A further recording, one devoted to Müller’s chamber music for strings, appeared in 2004 with the Petersen Quartet of Berlin. Fabian Müller’s works are performed internationally by renowned orchestras and ensembles. His work catalogue to date comprises more than twenty orchestral works, some of them with soloists, many chamber music works, and one full-length stage work. In addition to his activities as a composer, Fabian Müller is artistic director of the International Music Festival Lenzburgiade in Switzerland and is very interested in ethnomusicology. He spent ten years (1991 to 2002) preparing the publication of the Hanny Christen Collection, a ten-volume anthology of folk music with over 10‘000 tunes from the 19th Century, which initiated a new era for the traditional music of his country.
His recent commissions include the «Concerto per Klee» for cello and chamber orchestra which was premiered by the cellist Steven Isserlis and the «Weinberger Chamber Orchestra» conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy, then the «Weinbergher Divertimento» premiered by the same ensemble, and the «Concerto for Orchestra» which was presented on a tour throughout Switzerland (season 08/09) with «Austrian-Hungarian Haydn-Philharmonic orchestra» conducted by Christopher Hogwood. One of his recent works is also «Taranis» (2006) for large orchestra, which was premiered by the Bern Symphony Orchestra in the season 08/09 and was on tour in Germany conducted by Andrey Boreyko in spring 2009.
- 1996 Jacob Druckman Award for Orchestral Composition
- 2006 Award of the Canton of Zurich
- Fabian Müller: Suite for cello and piano, Sonata for cello and piano, Othmar Schoeck: Six songs op 6 arranged for cello and piano. Pi-Chin Chien Violoncello, Adrian Oetiker, piano, Musiques Suisses (2007)
- Portrait-CD; Fabian Müller: Piano Concerto, Labyrinth, Suite for cello and string orchestra, «Lied des Einsamen», Pi-Chin Chien, cello, Adrian Oetiker, piano, Harry White, saxophone, Zurich Chamber Orchestra, Ruben Gazarian, conductor; Musiques Suisses (2006)
- Fabian Müller: Chamber music for strings; Petersen Quartet; Tomasz Tomaszewski, violin; Pi-Chin Chien, cello; Andreas Wylezol, double-bass; «20th Century Portraits», Capriccio (2004)
- Portrait-CD; Fabian Müller: «Nachtgesänge», Cello Concerto 1999, Intrada, Gayatri-Rhapsody; Malena Ernman, mezzo-soprano; Pi-Chin Chien, cello; Philharmonia Orchestra, London; David Zinman, conductor, col legno (2002)
- Fabian Müller: Five Intermezzi for alto-saxophone solo, Harry White, saxophone; Deutsche Grammophon (2003)
- Fabian Müller: Violin Concerto 1993, Suite Vaudoise, Rhapsody for String Orchestra, «Nachtgesänge»; MDS Classics (1995)
- Official website
- «New Music?», Interview with art historian Margaret Jardas
- Interview at Glarean (German)
- At Klassika.info (German)
- Review by Phillip Scott, Fanfare