Acme Studios — Oliver Waespi

Supporting Artists since 1972

Oliver Waespi

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Oliver Waespi is a Swiss musician and composer. Oliver studied composition and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Zurich, before pursuing further study at the Royal Academy of Music in London. His music is performed by symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, soloists, choirs and numerous leading wind and brass bands in many countries and at various festivals.

Oliver’s musical interests are diverse, and he often collaborates with musicians and artists in other fields and disciplines. Works like Viaduct, composed for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, and Hypercube, for the Paris Brass Band, can be heard as musical explorations of urban landscapes and architecture. Oliver also takes inspiration from folk and early music, as in his pieces As If A Voice Were In Them, Traversada and Audivi Media Nocte, which earned him acclaim amongst leading brass and wind ensembles. He has also composed several concertos, including the Horn Concerto for Lukas Christinat, the Euphonium Concerto for Thomas Rüedi and the Zuger Sinfonietta conducted by Philippe Bach.

Oliver is the recipient of numerous awards, including the International George Enescu-Composition Prize (2003); a prize at the 2009 Uuno Klami-Composing Competition in Finland; composition grants of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Dutch Eduard van Beinum Foundation; the Composition Prize of the Swiss Federation of Orchestras (2011); the NBA Revelli Award (2013); the Stephan Jaeggi-Preis (2014); and the International BUMA Brass Award (2015).

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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