born 21 May 1939, Langenthal, Switzerland
Heinz Holliger is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor.
He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez at the conservatories of Bern and Basel. Holliger took first prize for oboe in the International Competition in Geneva in 1959.
Joseph Haydn – Oboe Concerto in C
He has become one of the world’s most celebrated oboists, and many composers (including Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Elliott Carter, Frank Martin, Hans Werner Henze, Witold Lutosławski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Isang Yun) have written works for him.
Allessandro Marcello – Oboe Concerto in D minor
He began teaching at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Germany in 1966.
Holliger has also composed many works in a variety of media. Many of his works have been recorded for the ECM label.