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Walter Feldmann was born in Glarus in 1965. After graduating from high school and studying literature, linguistics and musicology at the University of Zurich, he devoted himself to music. His musical career can be described as unusual: as an autodidact, but with solid flute training with Dominique Hunziker and Anne Utagawa in Aarau, he made a name for himself as a flautist and composer in the music world. He has been a member of the flute octet les joueurs de flute since 1998.

Walter Feldmann Studio Photo

Beginning in 1986 Walter Feldmann turned his energies to composition. He attended various courses on music informatics at Ircam (Paris). His works found international attention early on. They are commissioned and performed by renowned festivals and orchestras: Ircam Festival Agora Paris, Tage für Neue Musik Zurich Stuttgart and Zurich, Biennale Nationale de danse du Val de Marne... / SWR Stuttgart Symphony Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Collegium Novum Zurich, Ensemble Contrechamps, Ensemble Proton... His works are published by Carus Verlag Stuttgart and  Éditions Marta.

Walter Feldmann was the founder and artistic director of Ensemble S (Zurich) for contemporary music (1991-96). From 1994 to 2003 he was artistic director of the international festival Tage für Neue Musik Zurich, where he worked closely with the great composers of his time: Pierre Boulez, Gérard Grisey, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus K. Hübler, Kaija Saariaho, Emmanuel Nunes, Pierluigi Billone...

Marseille Le Redon - Panorama

In addition to his creative work, Walter Feldmann is an enthusiastic music teacher. From 1993 to 2012 he worked as a flute teacher at the music school in Steinhausen (Zug). In 2009 he was appointed Flute teacher at the Alte Kantonsschule in Aarau, in 2018 also at the cantonal school in Zofingen. Since August 2017 he has been head of the top music support program in the canton of Aargau. He has arranged a large number of works for the school flute and woodwind ensemble (Debussy, Ravel, Holst, Schönberg, Turina, Albéniz...).

Walter Feldmann is married to the dancer and choreographer Nathanja Huber. He has composed music for her productions les jeunes étoiles and neigeblanche performed by the Dance school Nathanja Huber.

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