Kurt Estermann, O.Univ.Prof. Mag.

University Professor in Sacred Composition (incl. Compositional Technique)

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

Kurt Estermann was born in 1960 in Innsbruck and comes from a family of musicians. After completing his schooling and studies in his home town he was awarded final diplomas in composition, sacred music, concert music for organ and harpsichord from the Academy of Music and Performing Art in Vienna. Teachers with strong personalities such as Erich Urbanner, Peter Planyavsky, Michael Radulescu and Gordon Murray made a decisive impression on Estermann.
Courses and encounters with Wolfgang Rihm and György Ligeti influenced his further development as a composer.


Kurt Estermann has been awarded prizes and distinctions both for his compositions and for his concert activity performing on keyboard instruments: 1985 organ competition in Bruges, Belgium; 1987 Tyrol music encouragement prize; 1989 and 1995 acknowledgement prize from the ministry; 1989 Hofhaymer competition in Innsbruck; 1996 composition prize from the Tyrol Singing Association; 1997 music encouragement prize from the state, 1999 prize for artistic creativity from the city of Innsbruck.


Since 1996 Kurt Estermann has been commissioned to compose works and perform regularly at the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, at ORF Vienna, at the Galerie St. Barbara Hall in Tyrol, at St. Stephan in Vienna, at the Tyrol Easter Festival, in Lockenhaus as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and America. Kurt Estermann has repeatedly been a member of the jury of the Slatkonia Prize awarded by the archdiocese of Vienna and for the music encouragement prize awarded by the federal chancellery.


In the year 2000 Kurt Estermann took over the chair of Sacred Composition at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His compositional Oeuvre comprises primarily organ music, works for voice and organ, choral works, orchestral and ensemble music. His publisher is Doblinger, Vienna.


His fascination with the organ involves him not only in searching as a composer for new sound possibilities but in research and raising the awareness of it as a historical instrument. In this context Kurt Estermann is chief editor of two series of books published by Helbling in Innsbruck: Tiroler Orgelschatz and Studia Wilthinensia Artis Organi. The aim is to make these unique monuments in the history of music better understood, with their tradition, their artistic and innovative construction, with their history and the outstanding personalities who feature in it.  In this way research in sound studies – as a signpost pointing towards the future – is also concerned with the past.


Major compositions and performances since 2000: Symphonische Variationen Sub tuum praesidium 2000 Innsbruck, Te Deum Laudamus 2001 Bolzano, Heimat 2002 Innsbruck, Ad cenam Agni providi 2003 Cologne, Il Canto Di Frate Sole 2004 Lockenhaus, Symphonie für Rezitator und großes Orchester 2005 Berlin, Doppelkonzert für Cembalo, Orgelpositiv und Streicher 2006 Innsbruck, Symphonie III 2007 Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, Hommage á Josquin 2008 Vienna, PROPRIEN 09 2009 Vienna, Orchesterstück I + II 2010 Festspielhaus Erl, Orgelkonzert II 2011 Kongresshaus Innsbruck, psallere 2012 Vienna, digressio : memoria 2013 Innsbruck, psallere II 2014 Fulda, INVOCATIO MAGNA 2015 Linz, Marienvesper 2016 Klagenfurt, Streichquartett II 2017 Vienna, der Weltuntergang findet wieder nicht statt 2018 Innsbruck.