Nadir Vassena, Composer in residence
Born in Lugano in 1970, studied composition in Milan with Bruno Zanolini and in Freiburg im Breisgau with Johannes Schöllhorn. In 1993 he took Brian Ferneyhough's composition courses in Royaumont. He has received numerous prizes and awards, including the West German Broadcasting Competition 1992, First Prize from the Institute for New Music at the Academy of Arts Berlin 1994, International Mozart Competition Salzburg 1997 and the Christoph Delz Foundation 1999. He was a scholarship holder of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in 2000/2001 in Stuttgart, 2002/2003 member of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma and in 2013 received a composition grant from the Landis & Gyr Foundation. From 2004 to 2012 he was artistic director of the Days for New Music Zurich together with Mats Scheidegger. Nadir Vassena is Professor of Composition at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana (Conservatory of Music). In 2015 he was nominated for the Swiss Grand Prix Music.