Xavier Dayer


Xavier Dayer was born in Geneva. He studied composition with Eric Gaudibert in his native city and later with Tristan Murail and Brian Ferneyhough at the IRCAM and the Fondation Royaumont in Paris.
He received a diploma in classic guitar from the Conservatoire de Fribourg, where he studied under the tutelage of Matthias Spaeter.
He is the winner of several composition awards, including the prize of the Bürgi-Willert Foundation awarded by Heinz Holliger and the FEMS prize of the Sandoz Foundation, awarded by Henri Dutilleux.
He has received numerous commissions by the Grand-Théâtre de Genève, the Opéra de Paris, the IRCAM, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the SWR-Vokalensemble of Stuttgart, the Ensemble Contrechamps, the Ensemble Collegium Novum Zürich, the Neue Vocalisten Stuttgart, the Niew Ensemble Amsterdam, the Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne, the festival Archipel and so on.
A feature concert was dedicated to him by The Festival d'Automne in Paris in 2004 and 2007. His opera "Mémoires d'une jeune fille triste" saw its world premiere at the Grand Théâtre de Genève in May 2005. The Atelier Lyrique of the Opéra National de Paris commissioned a new chamber opera entitled "Les Aveugles", which had its premiere in June 2006. His work "Delights" for eight voices, ensemble and electronics, which was commissioned by the IRCAM, premiered in May 2007 in the Cité de la Musique in Paris played by the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Since 2004, Xavier Dayer is professor at Berne University of the Arts (HKB / HEAB), where he will head the course "MA Music Composition/Theory" from 2009 onwards. In August 2008, he was teaching together with Brian Ferneyhough within the framework of the 19th composition course "Voix Nouvelles" of the Fondation Royaumont.
He will be a guest at the Villa Medici in Rome in 2008/9.

Xavier Dayer
Bürglenstr. 25
CH-3006 Bern
Fon: +41 (0)31 351 28 57
Web: http://www.xavierdayer.ch/



Cantique dans la fournaise (1997)
for soprano and electronics
Order No: 8707, sFr. 39.00
Texts: Bibel The singing can be meditative, joyful or even agitated, it changes from one to the other in the rhythm of thinking - as in an inner monologue. The electronic part consists of the sounds of spoken voice, cymbals, organ and computer generated parts.

"In hellem stillem Zimmer..." (1996)
for mezzo-soprano, bass, flute with piccolo, violin, violoncello and accordion, based on poems by Robert Walser
Order No: 8705, sFr. 42.00
Texts: Robert Walser The instrumental and vocal parts are, for the most part, written independently of each other. Aspires to echo the poems and life of Robert Walser.
Listen: Youtube


Grammont Sélection 1. Uraufführungen aus dem Jahr 2007
Martin Jaggi: Trieb
Bettina Skrzypczak: Initial
Alfred Zimmerlin: Cuellis par la mémoire des voûtes
Eric Gaudibert: A... In Wonderland
Rico Gubler: RIT
Ulrich Gasser: Zeit/Züge II
William Blank: Dans l'instant
Xavier Dayer: D'un amour lancé
Mischa Käser: Drei Sätze für Streichquartett
Klaus Huber: Vida y muerte non son mundos contrarios

Musiques Suisses Grammont Porträt MGB CTS-M 115
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 209
Price CHF: 39.- (2 CDs)

Felix Renggli
Georg Philipp Telemann: 12 Fantaisies à Travers sans Basse
Bettina Skrzypczak: Mouvement
Xavier Dayer: To the sea (Hommage an Cy Twombly)
Mathias Steinauer: Phantasos - oder "Pavarotti's Traum" op. 16
Robert Suter: Notturno Appassionato
Roland Moser: Intermezzo
Heinz Holliger: Passacanaille
Jacques Wildberger: Fantasia sul re
Nadir Vassena: Come perduto nel mare un bambino
Christoph Neidhöfer: Interlude
Hans Ulrich Lehmann: Tele-Man(n)ia
Bernhard A. Batschelet: Intrata (Auftakt zu einem barocken Stück)

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 73
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 134
Price CHF: 39.- (2 CDs)

Ensemble Contrechamps
Brian Ferneyhough: Carceri d'invenzione
Hans Ulrich Lehmann: Books of Songs - Eight poems by Edward Estlin Cummings
De-qing Wen: Piping and Drumming pour instruments à vent et à percussion
Xavier Dayer: J'étais l'heure qui doit me rendre pur ...
Elliott Carter: Asko Concerto pour ensemble
(Ensemble Contrechamps; Nieuw Ensemble; Johannes Schmidt; Magda Schwerzmann; Daniel Haefliger; François Volpé; u.a.)

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 82
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 93
Price CHF: 30.-

Xavier Dayer
Xavier Dayer:
Bientôt, dispersés par le vent
(SWR-Vokalensemble; Rupert Huber)
Sonnet VIII
(Ensemble Contrechamps)
To the Sea (Hommage à Cy Twombly)
(Felix Renggli)
Sonnet X
(Finnish Radio Chamber Choir; Timo Nuoranne)
Because the String's Lost and the Plan Forgot (Sonnet XVIII)
(Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Arturo Tamayo)

Musiques Suisses MGB CTS-M 92
SME/EMS Order Nr.: 37
Price CHF: 30.-

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