Daniel Ott

Daniel Ott
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Daniel Ott

Living music in new forms

A mobile stage drawn by horses crossing Switzerland: that is the surprising image at the outset of one of the most exciting artistic adventures of recent years, that of Daniel Ott. Born in 1960 in Grub, in the canton of Appenzell, after training as a classical pianist Daniel Ott embarked on an unusual path between composition, musical theatre, interdisciplinarity and the ideation of new forms of musical expression and its presentation. He has worked, among others, for Stuttgart State Opera, Bielefeld Theatre, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Expo Hannover, Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, Alpentöne Festival in Altdorf, at the Rhine harbour in Basel and the Wittener Tage für neue Kam­mermusik. Since 2005, he has taught composition and experimental music theatre at the Berlin University of the Arts; he became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts in 2015, and has been artistic director of the Munich Biennale – Festival for New Music Theatre, together with Manos Tsangaris since 2016. In 1990, he created the visionary Festival Neue Musik Rümlingen in the canton of Basel-Landschaft focusing both on new music and the forms for its presentation. In 2021, he realised the “Seestück'' project for this festival, associating the figure of Robert Walser with his own Appenzeller roots.

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