Universal Edition - Beat Furrer – Biography

Beat Furrer

Beat Furrer


1954 – Born December 6th in Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Throughout school simultaneous music courses at the Schaffhausen Music School (principal instrument: piano)

1975 – Moves to Vienna. Studies at the Music Academy in composition (Roman Haubenstock-Ramati) and conducting (Otmar Suitner)

1984 – Winner of the composition competition "The Young Generation in Europe," jointly sponsored by the City of Cologne, the Venice Biennale, and the Paris Festival d'Automne

1985 – Co-founder and Artistic Director of the instrumental ensemble Klangforum Wien (originally "Société de l'Art Acoustique"). Performances in Vienna's Secession museum and Concert House, as well as at festivals throughout Austria and abroad.

1989 – World premiere of the opera Die Blinden in Vienna (Odeon) as a commission by the Vienna State Opera

1991 – Instructor, after 1992 Professor for composition at the Graz Music Academy

1992 – Recipient of a Siemens Scholarship

1994 – World premiere of the opera Narcissus at the Opera House in Graz

1996 – Composer in residence at the Lucerne Festival. Featured Composer in the series "Next Generation" at the Salzburg Festival, World Premiere of nuun for two pianos and orchestra

1998 – 10 January, German Premiere of Narcissus in Bonn

Furrer is an Austrian citizen and lives in Kritzendorf near Vienna.