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Cyrill Schürch

Cyrill Schürch’s most recent orchestral work, Streaks , has been performed by the State Hermitage Orchestra in St. Petersburg (Russia) with Rainer Held, and was be on tour throughout Switzerland and Germany with the Novosibirsk Chamber Orchestra in early 2015. Other recent performances have taken place in Bergen (Norway), Merida (Venezuela), Turin (Italy), Zug (Switzerland), Utrecht (Netherlands) and other cities.

In May 2015, Cyrill won the first Mario Merz Prize for composition. The Prize carries an award of 10.000 Euros and two commissions, one for string orchestra to be performed by the Camerata Bern, as well as a new work in conjunction with an exhibition at the Fondazione Mario Merz in Turin. In 2014, Cyrill was prizewinner at the Swiss Children’s and Youth Choir composition contest and in 2012 his Les Quatrains Valaisans won a 2nd prize at the Alpenchorfestival Brig competition. His music has been recognized in student competitions including twice winning the Seraphim Composition Competition at Houston as well as being names both outstanding undergraduate and graduate student. He has earned awards and commissions from organizations such as the UBS cultural foundation, AURA contemporary ensemble, EnsembleSpektrum, Ayre Flutes London and Europa Cantat. His music is published by EMR Editions Switzerland and Carus-Verlag Germany which has recently agreed to publish most of Cyrill’s choral works.

He is also active as a pianist and chamber musician. Especially fruitful has been his collaboration with pianist Daniel Vaiman and they have appeared together at concerts all over Switzerland. In 2014, their concerts of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to celebrate its centenary performance were critically acclaimed. He has also collaborated with EnsembleSpektrum and plays regularly in a piano/violin duo with Leandra Wolf.

Born in Lucerne, he has originally started learning to play the accordion and later also took up piano at age 10. Before starting his degrees he studied piano privately with Konstantin Scherbakov. Always having liked to make up his own pieces however, to have become a composer seemed a natural choice. Cyrill holds degrees with distinction in both piano and composition from the University of Houston Moores School of Music working with pianist Nancy Weems and composer Robert Nelson. During his summer at the Aspen Music Festival he studied composition with Sidney Hodkinson and George Tsontakis and piano with John Perry. Other teachers included David Del Tredici and David Olan during a year of postgraduate studies at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. In 2008, he received a PhD from King’s College London studying with Robert Keeley and attended masterclasses with George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein. He is assistant director of the Musikschule Zug where he also teaches piano, music theory and composition.

Beyond his musical activities, Cyrill enjoys the outdoors with his family, likes to play tennis and badminton and can frequently be found at the local gym. He is also keenly interested in anything related to maths, physics or astronomy or simply having a nice dinner with friends.

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