winner and nominees 2015

Heinz Holliger

Winner 2015

Heinz Holliger

Heinz Holliger was born in Langenthal in 1939, and studied oboe and composition at the Bern Conservatory while still at secondary school. After studying in Paris and at the Basel Music Academy between 1958 and 1963 he embarked on a busy international career as a concert oboist.

Heinz Holliger

Philippe Albèra

Philippe Albèra was born in Geneva in 1952 and studied music at the Geneva Conservatory and musicology at the University of Paris VIII. He created Contrechamps in 1977, remaining its director until 2005.

Philippe Albèra

Nik Bärtsch

Born in Zurich in 1971, Nik Baertsch is a pianist, composer and producer. He studied the piano at the Zurich University of the Arts before moving on to the University of Zurich to study philosophy, linguistics and musicology. With his zen-funk quartet Ronin and the musical ritual group Mobile, he has created a highly individual form that fuses jazz, funk and minimal music.

Nik Bärtsch

Malcolm Braff

Born in Brazil in 1970, Malcolm Braff became involved in music in Dakar. He arrived in Switzerland at the age of 13 already equipped with a multicultural background and a spontaneous approach to the piano. Viewed by many musicians as something of a guru or godfather of Swiss jazz, he has been an outstanding figure in the world of music for more than 25 years.

Malcolm Braff

Markus Flückiger

Markus Flückiger was born in Brittnau in 1969 and today lives in central Switzerland. As a child he learned to play the schwyzerörgeli, a traditional Swiss accordion, and performed in various dance bands while at school. Branching out as a freelance musician and music teacher, he became heavily involved with Swiss folk music.

Markus Flückiger

Joy Frempong

Joy Frempong was born in Ghana in 1978. She came to Switzerland in 1986 and currently lives in Berlin. She studied jazz singing and educational science in Bern. OY began as her solo project, and has since become a duo with musician Lleluja-Ha. Joy Frempong has developed her own signature style which melds the sounds, noises and stories of Africa with western music.

Joy Frempong

Marcel Gschwend aka Bit-Tuner

Marcel Gschwend, aka Bit-Tuner, was born in St. Gallen in 1978 and lives and works in Zurich. Self-taught, he has been producing electronic music since 1997 and routinely teams up with other artists – with interesting results.

Marcel Gschwend

Daniel Humair

Drummer and jazz composer Daniel Humair was born in Geneva in 1938. He has been in the avant-garde of European jazz for nearly half a century, taking part in its most exciting projects and playing with the greatest musicians of the 20th century, including Lucky Thompson, Bud Powell and Chet Baker.

Daniel Humair

Joke Lanz

Joke Lanz was born in Basel in 1965 and now lives in Berlin. He is a pioneer of the electronic independent scene and a crossover artist whose work spans improvised and experimental music, noise and turntablism, performance art and musique concrète.

Joke Lanz

Christian Pahud

Christian Pahud was born in 1978 and grew up and studied in Switzerland, notably at ECAL. A self-taught drummer, he has also been the instigator of several well-known groups, such as Honey For Petzi, Larytta and Bombers. He also engages in experimental sound and solo projects chiefly in the direction of electronic music.

Christian Pahud

Annette Schmucki

In her work, the composer Annette Schmucki treats language like music to create pieces for ensembles large and small, sound installations, audio dramas, operas, concepts, performances and texts. Schmucki was born in Zurich in 1968.

Annette Schmucki

Bruno Spoerri

Bruno Spoerri was born in Zurich in 1935. He began his career as a saxophonist in various ensembles, worked as a freelance composer and sound recordist, produced film music and commercials, founded the Institute for Computer Music and experimented with software developments combining composition and innovation.

Bruno Spoerri

Cathy van Eck

Cathy van Eck was born in Netherlands in 1979 and has been lecturer in music and media arts at the Bern University of the Arts since 2007. A sound artist, she seeks out the relationships between everyday objects and human beings, exploring ways of using loudspeakers and microphones as musical instruments.

Cathy Van Eck

Nadir Vassena

Nadir Vassena was born in Lugano in 1970. He studied composition in Milan under Bruno Zanolini and then at Freiburg im Breisgau under Johannes Schöllhorn. In 1993, he attended Brian Ferneyhough’s composition course at Royaumont.

Nadir Vassena

Christian Zehnder

Christian Zehnder was born in Zurich in 1961 and today lives in Basel. He studied the guitar and classical singing before moving on to overtone singing and bodily vocal techniques. In 1996 he teamed up with Balthasar Streiff to form the International multi-award-winning duo Stimmhorn.

Christian Zehnder