10 October 2016 - 15 December 2016 — Music
Residency location: Chennai & Goa
Partner organisation: Freelance
A freelance composer and performer, Michael Pelzel also serves as a parish organist in a church in Zurich. He conducts music theory classes at Music Universities of Bern and Basel and workshops in composition at the Universities of Johannesburg (University of the Witwatersrand) Stellenbosch and Pretoria (South Africa).
Michael Pelzel was born in Rapperswil, Switzerland. He began his professional training at the Music Universities of Lucerne, Basel, Stuttgart, Berlin and Karlsruhe. There, he studied piano with Ivan Klánsky, amongst others, organ with Jakob Wittwer, Martin Sander, Ludger Lohmann and Guy Bovet and Composition with Dieter Ammann, Detlev Müller-Siemens, Georg-Friedrich Haas, Hanspeter Kyburz and Wolfgang Rihm. Additionally he studied Music Theory with Roland Moser and Balz Trümpy. As a composer, he had the opportunity to collaborate with different ensembles specialized in Contemporary Music in Switzerland, USA, UK, Germany and France. His compositions have been performed at numerous international festivals.