Furrer, Beat, b. Schaffhausen (Switzerland), Dec. 6, 1954, composer, conductor. 1975 moved to Vienna, where he studied composition and conducting at the Hochschule fuer Musik (now University of Music and Performing Arts). 1985 founded the chamber ensemble Societe de l´Art Acoustique, now Klangforum Wien; since 1992 professor of composition at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Graz. Internationally recognised composer and conductor of contemporary music.
Works#String Quartet No. 1, 1985; ... Y una canción desesperada, 1987 (3 guitars); Risonanze, 1988 (orchestra in 3 groups); Ultimi Cori, 1989 (choir, 3 percussionists); Die Blinden, 1989 (music theatre); Narcissus, 1994 (opera); Quartett, 1995 (4 percussionists); Nuun, 1996 (2 pianos, orchestra); Stimmen, 1996 (choir, orchestra).