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date: 01 April 2020

Dünki, Jean-Jacqueslocked

  • Jean-Pierre Amann

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(b Aarau, Feb 28, 1948). Swiss composer and pianist. Self-taught as a composer, he studied the piano at the Basle Musik-Akademie (1968–71, 1975–7) and the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin (1971–4); he also attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (1979–80). His principal teachers included Leon Fleisher, Charles Rosen, Peter Feuchtwanger and Claude Helffer. Professionally, he considers himself as much a composer as a pianist, In 1984 he was appointed to a teaching post at the Basle Musikakademie. He has given masterclasses in Europe, North and South America and Japan, has performed regularly as a soloist, and has served as principal pianist for the contemporary music group Opera Nova of Zürich, an ensemble for which he also composes. His honours include the Schoenberg Prize (Rotterdam, 1981).

Dünki’s compositions reflect his openness to all repertories. His experience as an interpreter has given him a wide-ranging knowledge of different styles, the influences of which play an important role in his work. His command of the fortepiano and clavichord has led him to integrate these instruments into many compositions. Concepts which play important roles in his music are sound as image, as well as purity and clarity of expression. His writings appear in ...

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