Fritz Voegelin (*1943)
Was born in 1943 in Zurich, Switzerland. Violin diploma from the Berne Conservatory, degree in conducting from the Basel Academy of Music. Composition studies with Klaus Huber and Robert Suter; conducting studies with Hans Swarowsky in Vienna. Founder and head conductor of the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra, conductor of the City and University Orchestra of Fribourg. Guest conductor with Swiss symphony orchestras (Bern, Basel, Lugano). Named artistic director “in residence” of the National Conservatory of Columbia in 1984, head conductor of the Orquesta Sinfonica of Antioquia in 1988. Guest conductor with the National orchestra of Columbia and with the national Phihharmonic of Venezuela. Living in Switzerland again after 1992 as a composer, conductor and organist. Composition: First Prize in the Swiss Composition Contest for string quartet (1981); First Prize in Composition Contest of the National Conservatory of Columbia (1982); winner of the Sarna Foundations Composition Prize CH-700 (1990). Composition Prize of the City of Bern (1993). Works commissioned from (among others): the City of Berne, the Geneva International Competition, the Swiss Musicians Association, the Swiss Brass Band Association, the Radio Suisse Romande. 1993, Gilson Prize, Montreal, Canada: 1st Prize of the international French speaking broadcasting organisation («ZONE», text by Guillaume Apolli naire).