Cyrill Schürch


Personal details

Born in Lucerne, Switzerland, Cyrill Schürch lives with his family in Zurich. He has originally started learning to play the accordion and later also took up piano at age 10. Before starting his degrees he studied piano privately with Konstantin Scherbakov and already had first compositions published while still in high school. Cyrill holds degrees with distinction in both piano and composition from the University of Houston Moores School of Music working with pianist Nancy Weems and composer Robert Nelson. Other teachers included David Del Tredici and David Olan during a year of postgraduate studies at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City. In 2008, he received a PhD from King\'s College London studying with Robert Keeley and attended masterclasses with George Benjamin and Silvina Milstein. His long membership in various choirs and performances under the direction of conductors like Betsy Weber and Robert Shaw have shaped his affinity for choral music. In the last few years, many of his compositions have received prizes at competitions (amongst them Mario Merz Prize, Europa Cantat Schweiz, Alpenchorfestival, Schweizer Kinder- und Jugendchorfestival) and his works are performed all over the world. As a composer, he regularly appears at music festivals e.g. recently at the Europa Cantat 2015 in Pécs, Hungary. As a pianist, he performs in Switzerland and abroad and next to his compositional activities, he is assistant director of the Musikschule Zug where he also teaches piano and composition.