Manuel Zwerger
Composer

Bio

Manuel Zwerger (* 1992 in Bolzano) studied composition with Franz Baur, Simon Steen-Andersen, Niels Rønsholdt and Juliana Hodkinson at the Conservatory of Innsbruck and at the Royal Academy of Music, Aarhus. He received further education from Hannes Kerschbaumer and Wolfram Schurig. In 2019 he was a member of the International Young Composers Academy (Festival Ticino Musica) with Oscar Bianchi and Dmitri Kurljandski in Lugano.
Manuel Zwerger moves as a composer at the intersection of new music, performance and installation art, whereby visual and extra-musical material is not subordinated to the sound quality, but made it inherent. Oriented towards intermedia, he pays special attention to scenic-performative and theatrical aspects that question the socio-aesthetic potential of our media society in an interdisciplinary and multisensory manner. The thematic focus lies on the usual phenomena of making music and the production of sound, which are connected and questioned with influences from everyday life, pop culture, anti-art, current trends and science. He works particularly with prepared instruments and new media.

Grants and Scholarships

He has received various grants and scholarships for his work, including the scholarship from the Richard Wagner Verband Wien (2015), the composition scholarship from the Akademie Musiktheater heute of the Deutsche Bank Foundation (2017-19), the Hilde-Zach-Kompositionsförderstipendium from the city of Innsbruck (2018), the Startstipendium from the Austrian Federal Chancellery (2020), the Heinrich-von-Mörl-Stipendium (2021), the Staatsstipendium from the Austrian Federal Chancellery (2022), the Hilde-Zach-Kompositionsstipendium from the city of Innsbruck (2023) and the residency fellowship at Schloss Wiepersdorf (2024). His works are published by Edition Gravis / Berlin.

Press

Einheit – Transgression – Handwerk. Drei Perspektiven auf die Arbeiten des Komponisten Manuel Zwerger by Monika Voithofer. Click here

Work

  • Commissioned by:
    HOSPIZ – VEREIN FÜR KULTURELLE BEGEGNUNG
    Performed by:
    ensemble chromoson & Maximilian Pichler (DJ)
    Supported by:
    SKB - Südtiroler Künstlerbund | Written during the scholarship stay at Schloss Wiepersdorf

  • Commissioned by:
    Yury Revich
    Supported by:
    Südtiroler Landesregierung, Abteilung Deutsche Kultur

  • Commissioned by:
    ORF/Ö1 & Jeunesse
    Performed by:
    ensemble chromoson
    Location:
    ORF RadioKulturhaus

Music

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Video

Dates

01

November

2024

new piece (Mass)
Frankfurt, DE

29

June

2024

Ohne Titel
Tórshavn, FO

31

May

2024

new piece w/ DJ Nissan
Neumarkt, IT

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