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Markus Plattner : Represented Artist

Growing up in the heyday of the 50s and 60s I became interested in Jazz and became the first ever guitarist with a Jazz degree in Switzerland in 1977. My main interest is Crossover/Confluent Music, in particular combining Jazz Improvisation with (classical) orchestral soundscapes.

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CV Markus Plattner

  • 1952 Born in Bern, Switzerland
  • 1971 Matura (HSC equivalent)
  • 1977 Bachelor Degree from Swiss Jazz School, first Swiss guitarist to achieve a jazz degree in Switzerland
  • 1978 works as musician in Brazil. Concerts with Eliane Elias, Nelson Ayres.
  • 1980 studies composition and arrangement for 2 semesters at Berklee College in Boston, USA.
  • 1984 - 86 composer and arranger for "Markus Plattner Jazz Orchestra", 1986 Prize at Swiss Jazz Contest in Lugano, Southern Switzerland
  • Tours/Concerts with Art Lande, Dusko Goykovich, Andy Scherrer, Sal Nistico in Switzerland Germany, France, Italy, Greece.
  • 1987 initial works with samplers, DAWs. Produces several recordings of incidental stage music
  • 1988 for jazz trio and symphony orchestra 'In Between Worlds' premiered.
  • 1990 Tour in Australia with "IN BETWEEN WORLDS", sponsored by Swiss Arts Council 'Pro Helvetia'
  • 1992 Concerts at International Jazz Festival in Sydney with Trio/Quartet.
  • 1993 CD 'The Song Man' with Swiss/Australian musicians on TCB Records.
  • 1993 2nd concerto for jazz ensemble und symphony orchestra 'Stages' premiered in Bern
  • 1995 'In Between Worlds' recorded in Moscow and Sydney (ABC Studios)

Australia 1996 - 2003

  • teaches at Australian Institute of Music in Sydney
  • 1998-2001 Masters in Composition under Bozidar Kos at Sydney Conservatorium
  • 'Aspects of Third Stream Works' thesis published
  • 1999 - 2001 'Pittwater Sonata', chamber piece for alto flute, French horn, violin, cello and jazz trio. Incorporates atonal techniques and jazz improvisation.
  • 2000 'Jazz Mass', atonal mass for orchestra and large jazz ensemble, funded Australia Council.
  • 'Represented Composer' status at Australian Music Centre

2003 - 2015 Bern, Switzerland

  • 2003 - 2015 deputy director Bern Conservatorium Music School
  • premieres 'Pittwater Sonata', August 2004 and '6-31' January 2005)
  • some new works as from 2006:
    • 'String Out' for string quartet, guitar bass and drums (premiered 2007)
    • Module-X for large symphony orchestra
    • 'Suite Brasileira' for guitar and orchestra (premiered 2009)
    • 'Trade Winds Suite' for str. quartet, guitar bass and drums (premiered 2010)
    • Suite 'Tradition and Elegance' for mixed ensemble (premiered 2011)
    • Concerto No 4 for guitar, percussion and string orchestra (premiered 2014)
    • Gaia for acoustic classical guitar quartet, premiered in 2019
    • 2020 'Terrasses' for Chamber Orchestra, improvising guitar, b&d

2015 - 2019

  • 2015 retires from deputy director post, resides in Australia and Switzerland
  • founds website sheetmusic.ch for publishing own works and those of others
  • founds website guitar-duets.com 80 guitar duets for educational purposes
  • 2020 lives in Sydney / teaches in Switzerland from February to June

Markus Plattner — current to August 2020

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Concerto No 4 (string orchestra with solo instrument(s)) (2012) Commissioned by Kammerorchester Neufeld, Bern Switzerland
Digital sheet music sample JazzTromBern : jazz suite for trombone quartet (2011) Commissioned by Slokar Quartet.