- Sigrid Wiesmann
(b Innsbruck, March 26, 1936). Austrian composer and conductor. He studied at the Vienna Music Academy, where his teachers included Karl Schiske and Hanns Jelinek (composition), Grete Hinterhofer (piano) and Hans Swarowsky (conducting). He also attended the Darmstadt summer courses and composition masterclasses run by Fortner, Stockhausen and Maderna. In 1961 he was appointed to a post at the Vienna Music Academy, where he became professor in 1969. From 1986 to 1989 he served as director of the Institut für Elektroakustik und Experimentelle Musik. In his compositions he has attempted to draw on experience subjectively and with musical imagination. With this goal in mind, he has developed forms that are clearly structured with respect to sound and gesture so that they can be recognized by the listener. Always open to current musical developments and trends, he nevertheless adopts only what is relevant to him, not committing himself in any particular direction. He has remarked:...