Fabian Müller

Fabian Müller

Swiss composer Fabian Müller's (*1964) works have been premiered and performed by great musicians of our time, such as David Zinman, Andris Nelsons, Sir Roger Norrington, Christopher Hogwood, Steven Isserlis and many others, and were played in the prestigious halls around the world including the Carnegie Hall in New York, the Tonhalle Zurich, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Teatro Colon or the Beethoven Liederhalle in Stuttgart.

He wrote commissioned works for the Lucerne Festival, the Interlaken Music Festival or the Vestfold Festspillene in Norway, and his works were performed at the Festival La Chaise Dieux in France, the Aspen Music Festival in Colorado, at the Festival Internacional de Ushuaia in Argentina and many others.

Apart from other recordings, CDs have been released with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London conducted by David Zinman, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Petersen Quartet Berlin, as well as the Zurich Chamber Orchestra on the Labels «ARS Produktion», «col legno», «Capriccio» and «Musiques Suisses».

Fabian Müller began as a cellist (he studied with Claude Starck at the Zurich Conservatory) and has increasingly dedicated his energies to composition. His first composition teacher was Josef Haselbach (Conservatory Zurich). He spent several years at the Aspen Music Festival (Colorado) and studied there with George Tsontakis, Jacob Druckman and Bernard Rands. In 1996 he won the composition prize at the Aspen Music Festival (Jacob Druckman Award for Orchestral Composition). 2006 he received for his work until to date an award from the canton of Zurich. 2012 he was awarded the «Zollikon Art Prize» and 2016 he was nominated for the „Swiss Music Award“ of the Swiss government.

In addition to his activities as a composer, Fabian Müller is very interested in music ethnology. He spent ten years (1991 to 2002) preparing the publication of the Hanny Christen Collection, a ten-volume anthology of Swiss folk music with over 10’000 tunes from the 19th Century, which initiated a new era for the traditional music of his country.

Score catalogue

String Quartet No. 1 - String quartet
Sonata for Violoncello & Piano No. 1 - Solo Violoncello + piano
Sonata for Violoncello & Piano No. 2 - Solo Violoncello + piano
Sonata for Violoncello & Piano No. 3 - Solo Violoncello + piano
Suite for Violoncello and Piano - Solo Solo Violoncello + piano
«Sirimadi» Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2011) (piano reduction) - «Sirimadi» Konzertstück für Violoncello und Orchester (2011) (Klavierauszug) - Solo Violoncello + piano
Concerto per Klee for Solo Violoncello & String Orchestra & 2 Horns in F (piano reduction) - Concerto per Klee für Violoncello, Streichorchester und 2 Hörner in F (Klavierauszug) - Solo Violoncello + piano
Dialogues Cellestes – Concerto for two Cellos & Orchestra (piano reduction) - Dialogues Cellestes – Doppelkonzert für zwei Violoncelli & Orchester - Orchestra + solo Solo Violoncello
"Seven Sounding Sculptures" for Violoncello solo - Sieben Klingende Skulpturen für Violoncello solo - Solo instrument (Violoncello)
Sonata for Viola & Piano - Solo Viola + piano
«Tour de Suisse« for Violin & Piano - «Tour de Suisse« für Violine und Klavier - Solo Solo Violin + piano
Munchs Traum(a) for Violin solo - Solo instrument (Solo Violin)
"Goethe's Magic Box" Six Bagatelles for Harp and Piano - Goehtes Zauberkasten, Sechs Bagatellen für Harfe und Klavier - Duet
La Folia Variations for Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano - La Folia Variationen / Metamorphosen eines antiken Tanzes - Quartet
String Trio (Violin, Viola, Violoncello) - Commissioned by the city of Zurich for the 20th anniversary of the «Zürcher Streichtrio» - String trio
Sonata Pic(ass)ola for Violin and Double Bass - Sonata Pic(ass)ola für Violine und Kontrabass - Duet
«Klingendes Herbarium» for (Schubert-) Octet - Chamber-Symphony for Clarinet in B, Basson, Horn in F, Violin 1 & 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass - Octet
"Sounding Landscapes" for Pipa (Chinese Lute) and String Quartet - Klingende Landschaften für Pipa und Streichquartett - Quintet
"The mysterious Mr. Harley Quin" - Trio for Violin, Viola & Piano - Charakterstück nach der gleichnamigen Figur von Agatha Christie für Violine, Viola und Klavier (2011) - Trio
"Extempore" for Vibraphone and Double Bass - Klingende Zeilen an Agnes Martin - Duet
Concerto for Vibraphone & Orchestra (Piano reduction) - Konzert für Vibraphon und Orchester (Klavierauszug) - Orchestra + solo Vibraphone
Concerto for Pan flute & Orchestra (piano reduction) - Konzert für Panflöte und Orchester (Klavierauszug) - Solo Panpipes + piano
Saxophone Quartet - Saxophon Quartett - Saxophone quartet
Trio for Alto Saxophone, Violoncello & Piano - «Blühendes» - Piano trio
Lied des Einsamen - for Alto Saxophone & String Orchestra (piano reduction) - Homage for Dag Hammarskjöld - Solo Alto Saxophone + piano