Final part of the 4th Movement from the Trio
for Piano, Violin and Cello
performed by the Trio BELKIN
What he does not remember or what he would like to remember is certainly not written here but that is also no longer important. But sometimes, one suspects it through the music.
The composer and conductor Urs Brodmann was born in Basel Switzerland in 1948. He studied music and especially the horn at the conservatory of Basel at the Music High School of Freiburg/Br and at the Janacek Academy in Brno (Czech Republic). Then, he studied conducting with Hans-Joachim Wunderlich, Milan Horvath and Jiri Pinkas and composing with Heinrich Sutermeister.
From 1973 until 1978 he was 3rdsolo hornist in the Orchestra of Romandy and then in the Symphony Orchestra of the Radio of Basel.
In 1980 he became conductor at the Chamber Opera of Brno. Furthermore, he conducted the Philharmonic Orchestras of Ostrava, Olomouc, Bad Reichenhall and undertook two tours with the Chamber Orchestra of the Janacek Academy to France and Spain.
In 1990, he became the Chief Conductor of the Harmony Orchestra of Nice and held office until 2013.
On December 27th 2018 and on December 27th 2019, he conducted the "Große Operngala mit Nadezhda Kolesnikova & Freunde” (“Big Opera Gala with Nadezhda Kolesnikova & her Friends”) in the Kammermusiksaal (Chamber Music Hall) of the Berliner Philharmonie. On the occasion of the 2019 edition of the concert, his song called “Die Zigarre und der Genießer” (“The Cigar and the Bon Vivant”) from the song cycle “Reise in die Welt der Genüsse” (“Travel into the World of Pleasures) was performed for the first time.
Now, he lives in Halle (Saale) and mainly dedicates himself to his works. He is also still in demand as conductor and arranger.
Among his compositions, there are symphonies, concertos, vocal music and chamber music works but also the Opera "Der Raucher" (2016) of which he also wrote the libretto.
In 1991, for the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation, he composed to order of the ETH Zurich and as part of the Heureka-Exhibition the Prelude "Stein auf Stein" for litophone.
His "Violin Concerto" (1995), the "Concerto Grosso" (1998) but also the "Serenade for 13 wind instruments " (2002) were ordered by the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra. The original production of the first two compositions took place at the Acropolis or at the Opera of Nice. The Serenade for 13 wind instruments was performed during the summer concerts of the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 in various places of the Alpes Maritimes region.
In 1996, his Violin Concerto and in 97 his 50 Psalms for bass voice and orchestra were both nominated for the Composition Prize of Monaco.
His hobbies are piano improvisation, literature, philosophy, no sport and watching good entertaining movies.
To relax, he likes enjoying a cigar with music, candlelight, whisky cocktail or red wine, but also with champagne on special days