- Jean-Pierre Amann
(b Winterthur, March 22, 1957). Swiss composer, guitarist, and percussionist . After gaining her teaching diploma in guitar (1982) at the Winterthur Conservatory, she chose to concentrate on percussion (diploma 1995). During this period she began to write her own music. As composition progressively became her main concern, she acquired a reputation that extended beyond both regional borders and her interest in the women’s movement. She has often found inspiration for her works in poetry, particularly that of Anna Akhmatova, interpreting texts through musical parameters without necessarily bringing the words themselves to the fore. Ein vatter-ländischer Liederbogen is a particularly successful example of her approach to the sometimes abstruse writing of Adolf Wölfli. She has also composed with micro-tonal intervals. She has received commissions from the Basle International Festival of Recorder Music and the city of Zürich, among others, and in 1991 co-founded (with Martin Imholz, Dieter Jordi, Martin Wehrli and Alfred Zimmerlin) mikro, a composers’ self-publishing collective....