Christian Wolff

The composer has lived mostly in the USA since 1941. He studied piano with Grete Sultan and, briefly, composition with John Cage. Though mostly self-taught as a composer, association with John Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor, Earle Brown, Frederic Rzewski and Cornelius Cardew have been important for him. A particular feature of his music has been to allow performers various degrees of freedom and interaction at the actual time of performance. The music is published by C F Peters (New York), and a good portion of it has been recorded. A number of pieces have been used by choreographer Merce Cunningham starting in 1953.

Wolff has also been active as a performer and as an improviser — with, among others, Takehisa Kosugi, Steve Lacey, Keith Rowe, William Winant, Kui Dong, Larry Polansky and the group AMM. He has received awards and grants from the American Academy and National Institute of Arts and Letters, DAAD Berlin, the Asian Cultural Council, the Fromm Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts (the John Cage award for music) and the Mellon Foundation. He is a member of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin and has received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts. Academically trained at Harvard as a classicist, Wolff has taught classics at Harvard and from 1971 to 1999 was professor of Classics and Music at Dartmouth College.

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Christian Wolff

[Christian G Wolff]

Nice (Alpes-Maritimes, France), 1934

Residence: USA

  • Composer
  • Improviser

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Past concerts

18 Janu 2023
20h00
TenneyWolff
In person
Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)
9 June 2022
20h30
Wolff
Online event Live
Montréal (Québec)
9 June 2022
20h30
Wolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
8 June 2022
13h00
In person Free admission with pass Workshop
Montréal (Québec)
26 Marc 2021
14h00 – 16h00
MoleOliverosWolff
Online event Live
Calgary (Alberta, Canada)
7 June 2020
19h30
Cancelled
Série QB
Wolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
12 Marc 2020
19h30
MillerSokolovićTanWolff
In person
Colorado Springs (Colorado, USA)
5 Octo 2019
20h00
MillerSmithTenneyWolff
In person
Albi (Tarn, France)
3 Sept 2019
19h00
SandbergWolff
In person
Borås (Sweden)
1 Sept 2019
20h00
BeyerKotíkSokolovićWolff
In person
Prague (Czech Republic)
29 Augu 2019
19h00
BeyerKotíkSokolovićSoriaWolff
In person
Ostrava (Czech Republic)
21 Febr 2019
19h00
Wolff
In person
Borås (Sweden)
17 Nove 2015
20h00
CardewWolff
In person
Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada)
23 Apri 2015
20h00
Série QB
CeccarelliFrithHétuMyhrWolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
18 Marc 2014
18h00
Série QB
ArnoldBarryFargionMagnanensiWolff
In person Workshop
Montréal (Québec)
16 June 2013
20h00
Série QB
Wolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
15 Marc 2011
20h00
CageTenneyWolffZimmermann
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
10 Marc 2011
20h00
CageTenneyWolffZimmermann
In person
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
17 Nove 2010
20h00
HallnäsHegdalPerssonWolff
In person
Borås (Sweden)
7 Octo 2010
20h00
Série QB
CageTenneyWolffZimmermann
In person
Montréal (Québec)
28 Marc 2009
16h00
CageTenneyWolffZimmermann
In person
Berlin (Germany)
3 Octo 2004
16h00
FreyHallnäsWolff
In person
Borås (Sweden)
2 Octo 2004
Wolff
In person
Borås (Sweden)
13 Sept 2003
Série QB
BeugerFreyPisaroStieglerWolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
25 Nove 2002
BarryOesterleWolff
In person
Huddersfield (England, UK)
21 Nove 2002
Série QB
BeethovenWalsheWolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
11 May 2001
Série QB
FeldmanIvesLesageOesterleWolff
In person
Montréal (Québec)
6 May 2001
11h00
FeldmanPisaroWolff
In person
Aarau (Switzerland)