Georg Friedrich Haas

Graz, Austria, 1953

  • Composer

Georg Friedrich Haas studied composition, piano and music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Graz from 1972 to 1979. He continues postgraduate studies with Friedrich Cerha at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna (1981-1983). He also attended the Darmstadt summer courses in 1980, 1988 and 1990 as well as attending an internship on composition and computer music at the Ircam in Paris in 1991.

Based on the integration of the harmonic specter (the Violin Concerto and in vain) as well as the dialectic between individual parts and the global results (… Einklang freier Wesen …), the music of Georg Friedrich Haas — which has always led to sound experimentation — presents creative qualities and invites the public to discover new musical territories. Realizing the limits of the tempered range’s acoustic and harmonic possibilities, the composer then considers microtonality (Nacht). He also wrote several pieces to be performed in total darkness, as a tribute to his interest of the indistinct.

His works have been on the program of the following festivals: Donaueschingen Festival, Ars Musica of Brussels, Musica Viva of Munich, Klangspuren Schwaz in Austria and Wien Modern. He was also the "Festival Composer" of the Borealis Festival in Bergen, Norway in 2006. His opera Melancholia was created in 2008 at the Palais Garnier in Paris.

Since 1978, Haas teaches at the Graz Conservatory of Music. He also teaches at the Music Academy of Basel in Switzerland since 2005, before succeeding Tristan Murail as professor of composition at Columbia University (New York) in 2013.

Traduction Amanda Biggs [ii-15]