Georg Friedrich Haas
Georg Friedrich Haas, born in Graz in 1953, studied at the Musikhochschule in Graz with, amongst others, Gösta Neuwirth and - after graduating - in Vienna with Friedrich Cerha. He regards the Stage d‘informatique Musicale pour compositeurs at IRCAM Paris as an important part of his further training as well as repeated visits to the Ferienkursen in Darmstadt. At the Graz Musikhochschule he taught counterpoint, contemporary composition techniques and Introduction to Microtonal Music, in 1997 he left teaching and since then has lived as a freelance composer. In 1992 he was awarded a scholarship grant from the Salzburg Festspiele and the "Sandoz Prize", 1995 with the "Förder prize" from the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Culture. In 1998 Georg was awarded the Viennese "Ernst Krenek Prize" for his chamber opera “Nacht”. Haas’ œuvre includes works for solo instruments, ensembles, voices and orchestras as well as theatre and opera. They have been performed at numerous important festivals, such as; Venice Biannual, Paris Festival d’automne, Huddersfield Festival, Akiyoshidai Festival, Salzburg Festival ‘99, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Berliner Festwochen, musica ex negativo Berlin, Insel Musik Berlin, Musik der Zeit Köln, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Darmstädter Ferienkurse, IGNM-Worldmusic Festival in Essen, wien modern, Musikprotokoll Graz, Bregenzer Festival, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, as well as in Zürich, Seville, Barcelona, Royaumont, Triest, Prague, Oslo, New York, Montréal, Tokyo and in many other cities.
In 1999 Haas was guest of the Berlin Artists program of DAAD in Berlin.
The ensemble’s lowest register: at the same time foundation and abyss.
Music at the limits of its material, sound.
The context of the seemingly familiar parameters - of time, interval and volume - is shifted.
Night and light. (Georg Friedrich Haas)