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JULIEN-FRAN«OIS ZBINDEN - COMPOSER
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Two bar autographed and inscribed musical quotation by the Swiss Centenarian composer of his Concerto da Camera for piano and orchestra op. 16, Lausanne, May 31, 1977.

Zbinden (1917-††† ) who is still with us at 102 is certainly the dean of Swiss composers today.† His annual birthday event the past three years features the composer playing jazz in front of his friends and video has been captured on YouTube of these events.

He began his music career at seven learning to play the piano with Ernest Descoterd. At the age of 17 he entered the Ecole Normale in Lausanne where he studied piano with Gertrude Keller-Ching and the great piano virtuoso Marie Panthťs.† He also broadened his horizons with violin lessons from Charles Mayor and singing lessons from Henri Gerber.† He graduated with a teaching certificate in 1938.† His first job was as an orchestral pianist.† He was always enthusiastic about jazz and joined the group Octojazzy in those early years.† His desire to compose meant further training and he studied composition and orchestration with composer Rene Gerber. After the War, Radio Lausanne hired him as a factotum pianist and as their Music Producer and Director.† He was highly successful and was promoted in 1956 to Head of Musical
Service and in 1965 he moved up to Assistant Director of Music Broadcasting on Radio Suisse Romande.† He was elected President of the Association of Swiss Musicians in 1973, her served in the post until 1979.† In 1979 he was elected President of the Swiss Society for Authorís Rights.

As a composer Zbinden has over 112 published works in his catalog.† His major influences are Cage, Honneger, Ibert, Milhaud, Poulenc, Ravel, Stockhausen and Stravinsky.† His work includes an opera, 4 symphonies, orchestral pieces, an oratorio, concertos for a variety of instruments, and works for radio, stage and film.† Other works include choral pieces a work entitle homage a J.S. Bach, op. 44 for solo double bass, a sonata for violin and piano, solo piano works, as well as works for jazz ensemble.† Zbinden has also won numerous prices including g the 1956 Henryk Wieniawski Prize in composition†

He recorded the 1950-51 work Concerto da Camera for piano and orchestra quote here and played the solo piano part himself.††