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Bettina Skrzypczak: Biography

Bettina Skrypczak is a composer of solo, vocal-instrumental ensemble and orchestral works. They have been performed at music festivals in Switzerland, Poland, France, Italy, Germany and Japan, among others by the Radio Symphony Orchestras in Munich, Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Berlin, the Basel Sinfonietta, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Ensemble Contrechamps Geneva as well as the Silesian String Quartet. Among the soloists and chamber musicians who have premiered her works are Felix Renggli, Ilya Gringolts, Matthias Arter, Sergio Azzolini, Massimiliano Damerini and Eduard Brunner.

Bettina Skrzypczak is a professor of composition and theory/music history at the Lucerne University / School of Music. At the Künstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland) she was the founder and artistic director of the Ensemble Boswil, a young ensemble for contemporary music. In 2015 she was artistic director of the festival Tage für Neue Musik Zürich. Today, she teaches composition to young people in the "Young Composers Project" there. She appears internationally as a guest composer and lecturer and is a jury member for composition competitions and an examination expert at music schools.

Bettina Skrzypczak studied piano, composition and music theory in her native city of Poznan (Poland). At the same time she attended the composition courses of Luigi Nono, Iannis Xenakis and Henri Pousseur at the Summer Academy in Kazimierz. In 1988 she moved to Switzerland, where she has lived ever since. In 1999 she received her doctorate from the Academy of Music in Cracow, followed by her habilitation in 2016. In 2020 she was awarded the renowned Heidelberg Women Artists' Prize.