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Published on Nov 15, 2009
Heinz Holliger (born 21 May 1939(1939-05-21)) is a Swiss oboist, composer and conductor. He was born in Langenthal, Switzerland and began his musical education at the conservatories of Bern and Basel. He studied composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez. He took first prize for oboe in the International Competition in Geneva in 1959.
He has become one of the world's most celebrated oboists, and many contemporary composers (like Olivier Messiaen, Luciano Berio, Elliot Carter, Frank Martin, Hans Werner Henze, Witold Lutoslawski, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Isang Yun) have written works for him. He began teaching at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany in 1966.
In 1972 Holliger, Maurice Bourgue (oboe), Klaus Thunemann (bassoon), and Christiane Jaccottet (continuo) et al. recorded the Six Trio Sonatas for Oboe and Bassoon by Jan Dismas Zelenka. This recording is credited for the "Zelenka Renaissance".
Holliger has also composed many works in a variety of media. Many of his works have been recorded for the ECM label.  Awards * Léonie Sonning Music Prize (1987; Denmark) * Zurich Festival Prize (2007) 
 Selected works * Sequenzen über Johannes I,32 (1962) for harp * Siebengesang (1966-1967) for solo oboe, orchestra, voices and loudspeaker * Streichquartett (1973) for string quartet * Scardanelli-Zyklus (19751991) for solo flute, small orchestra, tape and mixed choir * Come and Go / Va et vient / Kommen und Gehen (1976/1977), opera to a text by Samuel Beckett * Not I (19781980) monodrama for soprano and tape * Studie über Mehrklänge (1979) for oboe solo * Lieder ohne Worte (19821994), two sets of works for violin and piano * What Where (1988), chamber opera * Alb-Chehr (1991) for speaker, singers and chamber ensemble * Konzert (Hommage à Louis Soutter) (19931995) for violin and orchestra * Schneewittchen (1998), opera based on a text by Robert Walser
Quatuor à cordes (1973)
Date de composition : 1973 Durée : 35 minutes Editeur : Schott, nº ED 6538 Dédicace : à Paul Sacher Information sur la création * 23 March 1975, France, festival de Royan, par le quatuor de Berne : Alexander van Wijnkoop, Eva Zurbrügg, Heinrich Forster, Walter Grimmer.