Jürg Frey

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Jürg Frey (born 15 May 1953) is a Swiss composer and clarinettist. He is a member of the Wandelweiser Group.


Jürg Frey was born in 1953 in Aarau, Switzerland. He studied clarinet in Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, composition under Urs Peter Schneider in Bern and trained in Basel as a teacher of the Alexander Technique. Frey co-founded the Lenzburg Music Forum, and has been artistic director of the Aarau concert series 'Moments Musicaux' for more than ten years.[1]

Frey has been invited to workshops as a visiting composer at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the Universität Dortmund, Northwestern University and CalArts.[2] In 1991 he was prize winner at the Boswil International Composition Seminar.

Frey has acted as a mentor at recent composer meet composer workshops including fellow Wandelweiser composers/artists Antoine Beuger, Emmanuelle Waeckerle, Marianne Schuppe, and Joachim Eckl.[3]


Jürg Frey’s music is characterized by sparse, quiet, soundscapes. In a review in The Guardian, Frey has been described as a “master of calm instrumental textures… who explores silence as much as sound and writes egoless music that feels as though it’s always existed”.[4] Writing in The New Yorker, Alex Ross compared Frey’s music to a “Mahler Adagio suspended in zero gravity”.[5]


  1. ^ Lustenberger, SME/EMS/Theo. "SME: Composers". www.musinfo.ch. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  2. ^ Reserved, www.wandelweiser.de 2004, Haan All Rights. "wandelweiser - Jürg Frey". www.wandelweiser.de. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  3. ^ "COMPOSERS MEET COMPOSERS". www.wandelweiser.de. Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  4. ^ Molleson, Kate (2015-12-17). "Jürg Frey: Third String Quartet CD review – an audaciously fragile performance". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-08-10.
  5. ^ "The Composers of Quiet". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2018-08-10.

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