Born 1953 in Graz, composer Georg Friedrich Haas is the winner of the 2013 Salzburg Music Prize – International Composition Prize, awarded for the fourth time.
The concert for the prizewinner and the official presentation will again take place during the Salzburg Biennale on 3 March 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Mozarteum’s Large Hall.
The jury substantiated its decision thus: “Today, at age 59, Georg Friedrich Haas counts as one of the unique personae among contemporary composers. During his decades of work, he has developed an outstanding artistic autonomy, independent of all compositional fashions – humanly quiet and artistically unswerving on his way.
At an early stage, he felt the well-tempered scale was a restriction of his sonic imagination, so he turned to the open ranges of microtonality, experimenting with overtones and partials and accentuating the significance of Klangfarbe vis-à-vis pitch.
Since then, his music has been moving off the beaten compositional path; highly laboured, yet remaining immediately accessible to listeners.”