First invitation to the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande: October 20, 1965 (Oboe)
Born in 1939 in Langenthal (Switzerland), Heinz Holliger studied in Bern, Paris and Basel: oboe with Emile Cassagnaud and Pierre Pierlot, piano with Sava Savoff and Yvonne Lefébure, and composition with Sándor Veress and Pierre Boulez.
After receiving first prizes at the Geneva and Munich International Competitions, Heinz Holliger began a career as an oboist that took him to the world's greatest stages. Many of the great composers of our time have dedicated works to him.
For years, Heinz Holliger has been conducting the world's most prestigious orchestras. He has been awarded numerous prizes and distinctions, including the Composers' Prize of the Swiss Association of Musicians, the Léonie-Sonnig Prize of the City of Copenhagen, the Artistic Prize of the City of Basel, the Ernst-von-Siemens Music Prize, the Prize of the City of Frankfurt, the Premio Abbiati of the Venice Biennale, the title of Doctor honoris causa of the University of Zurich, the Zurich Festival Prize, and the Swiss Music Prize. His numerous recordings for Teldec, Philips and ECM have earned him, among others, the Diapason d'Or, the Midem Classical Award, the Edison Award, the Grand Prix du Disque, and several record prizes in Germany.