JÜRG FREY was
born in 1953 in Aarau. Following his musical education, which finished with the examen de virtuosité in the class of
Thomas Friedli at the Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, he turned to a career as
a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon came to the foreground.
He developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the
creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an
elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of
material, and precision of compositional approach.
Sometimes his compositions bypass instrumentation and duration
altogether and touch on aspects of sound art.
He has worked with compositional series, as well as with language and
text. Some of these activities appear in small editions or as artist's books
as individual items and small editions. (Edition Howeg, Zurich; weiss kunstbewegung,
Berlin; complice, Berlin). His music and recordings are published by Edition
He has been invited to workshops as visiting composer and for composer
portraits at the Universität der Künste Berlin, the
Universität Dortmund and several times at Northwestern University and CalArts.
Some of the other places his work has developed are the concerts at the Kunstraum
Düsseldorf, the Wandelweiser-in-Residence -Veranstaltungen
in Vienna, the Ny music concerts
in Boras (Sweden), the cooperation with Cologne pianist John McAlpine, the Bozzini
Quartet (Montréal), QO-2 (Bruxelles), Die Maulwerker, incidental music,
as well as the regular stays in Berlin (where during the last years many of his compositions were premiered).
Jürg Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble
which has presented concerts for more than 15 years in Europe, North America and
Japan. Frey lives with his family in Aarau (Switzerland), teaches clarinet,
and organises the concert series moments
musicaux aarau as a forum for contemporary music.