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Georg Friedrich Haas

Composer

Biography

Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas made his Royal Opera debut in 2015 when Netia Jones staged a performance of his Second String Quartet and the song cycle ATTHIS in the Linbury Studio Theatre. The 2015/16 Season saw the world premiere of his opera Morgen und Abend by The Royal Opera, a co-commission and co-production between The Royal Opera and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Haas grew up in the Vorarlberg region in west Austria. He is currently Professor of Music at Columbia University, New York. He first came to prominence in 1996 with his chamber opera Nacht for Bregenz Festival; his operas since have included Die schöne Wunde for Bregenz, Melancholia for Paris Opéra and Bluthaus and Thomas for Schwetzinger SWR Festival.

His instrumental works, including in vain, limited approximations (a concerto for six micro-tonally tuned pianos and orchestra), dark dreams, chants oubliés and his eight string quartets, have been performed by ensembles including the Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Vienna, the Arditti Quartet and the JACK Quartet. He has received numerous composition awards and was honoured with the Grand Austrian State Prize in 2007. He has been a member of the Austrian Kunstsenat since May 2011.