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Biography

Martin Jaggi (b. 1978, Basel) is a Swiss composer and cellist. He has been playing the cello since the age of seven and received his first composition lessons from his father, the composer Rudolf Jaggi. From 1995-96 he studied composition with Rudolf Kelterborn and cello with Reinhard Latzko from 1996-2000 and composition with Detlev Müller-Siemens at the University of Music Basel. Subsequently, he studied with Walter Grimmer at the former University of Music and Theater Zurich (concert diploma with distinction in 2002). In addition, he attended masterclasses with Claude Starck, Colin Carr and Ivan Chiffoleau (violoncello) as well as Marc-André Dalbavie and Helmut Lachenmann (composition). In 2004-06 he completed postgraduate studies in composition under Manfred Stahnke at the Musikhochschule Hamburg.

At the center of his work as an interpreter is Martin Jaggi's work at the Ensemble Phoenix Basel . From 2000 to 2013 he was a cellist in the Mondrian Ensemble, which he co-founded.

At the beginning of Jaggie's compositional career was the performance of the Sahara Cycle during the European Music Month 2001 in Basel. Since then he has been commissioned by the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Archipel Geneva, the Music Festival Bern, Pro Helvetia, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Collegium Novum Zurich, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Austrian Ensemble for New Music and the Donaueschinger music Festival, His works have been performed in numerous European and Asian countries as well as in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and South Africa and recorded by various radio stations. The orchestral work "Trieb" and the string quartet "Gharra" have been included in the CD documentary "Grammont Sélection" with outstanding Swiss premieres. In 2015 a portrait CD was released on the label Musiques Suisses / Grammont Portrait.

Since 2016 he teaches interpretation of New Music at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music (National University of Singapore). Martin Jaggi lives and works in Singapore and Basel.

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