Martin Jaggi



Girga für Orchester; Mehrgarh für 12 Instrumente; Strata für Sopransaxophon, Viola, Schlagzeug und Klavier; SPAM für 6 Instrumente; Plod on für Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier; Moloch für grosses Orchester.


Martin Jaggi was born in Basel in 1978. He began playing the cello at the age of seven and was given his first composition lessons by his father, the composer Rudolf Jaggi. He studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn from 1995 to 1996, and then from 1996 to 2000 he studied the cello with Reinhard Latzko and composition with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the Basel Music Academy. He then studied further with Walter Grimmer at the Zurich Academy of Music and Theatre. He also attended masterclasses by Claude Starck, Colin Carr and Ivan Chiffoleau (cello) and with Marc-André Dalbavie and Helmut Lachenmann (composition). From 2004 to 2006 he undertook postgraduate studies in composition with Manfred Stahnke at the Hamburg Music Academy. Martin Jaggi’s primary activity as a performer is as the cellist of the Ensemble Phoenix Basel. From 2000 to 2013 he was the cellist in the Mondrian Ensemble Basel, of which he was a founding member. He is also the solo cellist of the basel sinfonietta. The beginning of Jaggi’s career as a composer was marked by the performance of his Sahara cycle as part of the European Music Month in Basel in 2001. Since then he has been given numerous commissions, including by the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the aDEvantgarde Festival in Munich, the Festival Archipel Genève, the Musikfestival Bern, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Collegium Novum Zürich, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Austrian Ensemble for New Music. His works have been performed in numerous countries in Europe and Asia as well as in Canada, Argentina and South Africa, and they have been broadcast by various radio stations. His orchestral work Trieb and the string quartet Gharra were included in the CD documentation series “Grammont Sélection” featuring exceptional Swiss world premières. In June 2015, the Donaueschingen Music Days commissioned him to write an orchestral work. Martin Jaggi lives and works today in Switzerland and Singapore.


Martin Jaggi (*1978)


Luzerner Sinfonieorchester; James Gaffigan, Leitung; Collegium Novum Zürich; Johannes Kalitzke, Leitung; Raphael Camenisch, Sopransaxophon; Petra Ackermann, Viola; Christian Dierstein, Schlagzeug; Philipp Meier, Klavier; Ensemble Phoenix Basel; Mondrian Ensemble; basel sinfonietta; Stefan Asbury, Leitung.

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