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Bettina Skrzypczak: Biography

Bettina Skrypczak is a composer of solo, vocal-instrumental, and large orchestral works which have been performed by leading musicians across Europe, among others by the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, the SWR-Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden and Freiburg, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Ensembles Contrechamps Geneva and Collegium Novum Zurich as well as soloists like Felix Renggli, Matthias Arter, Massimiliano Damerini and Eduard Brunner. Her music is known for its great emotional power and direct impact on the listener. She gives great attention to structural details and has a fine sensibility for the architectural form in her work, while always considering audible perceptions. The result is sound sculptures of extraordinary intensity.

Ms. Skrzypczak is a professor for composition and music theory/music history at the music academy in Lucerne, a board member at the Künstlerhaus Boswil, a Swiss artist residency, and founder and artistic director of the Ensemble Boswil, a new generation ensemble for contemporary music. In Boswil, she is also one of the directors of the “Young Composers Project”, offering composition classes to young adults. Also a prolific writer, Ms. Skrzypczak publishes essays in international music magazines about compositional and aesthetic questions.

Ms. Skrzypczak studied piano, composition and music theatre in Posen (Poland). During that time, she attended composition classes by Luigi Nono, Iannis Xenakis and Henri Pousseur at the International Summer Academy of the ISCM Section in Kazimierz. She continued her studies at the Music Academy in Basel (composition with Rudolf Kelterborn and experimentation in the electronic studio) and at the University Fribourg (musicology). She received her doctoral degree in composition in Krakau in 1999.

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