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Name: Johann Friedrich Wolfgang Alexandr Hasler
Skills: Composer, Conductor
Address: Calle 45A #25-48, apto. 603, Santafé de Bogotá, Colombia
Links: E-mail
JOHANN HASLER is one of the leading composers of the younger generation in Colombia. He was born in 1972 in Medellín, Colombia, son of German and Chilean immigrants. He started his musical studies at age 4, and has continued them hitherto, studying among others with composers Blas Emilio Atehortúa and Guillermo Gaviria, as well as with musicologists Ellie Anne Duque and Egberto Bermúdez. He started composing at age 14, and has to the date composed more than 120 works for nearly every instrumental, vocal and electronic combination. Some of his works fall clearly in the so called 'contemporary' style of classical music, while others are neo-tonal, either neo-romantic or neo-medieval /neo-renaissance. In 1994 he was awarded a grant from Indiana University and the United States Information Service to attend the Inter-American composition workshop 'Words and Music' where he worked and studied for three weeks with other composers from the Americas, among them Tania León, Mario Lavista and George Crumb. Later that year he was awarded the National Prize of Composition of Colombia for his work "Tres piezas para percusión, arpa, celesta y piano" (Three pieces for percussion, harp, celesta and piano) which was printed next year by the Colombian Institute of Culture, Colcultura. During the following years Hasler was quite active in the Colombian electro-acoustic scene, being selected for the last round of the National Competition of Electro Acoustic Composition in 1995, having his works broadcasted through several Colombian broadcasting companies. In 1996 he obtained the National Prize of Composition for the second time, this time with his work "Délires", for baritone and chamber ensemble. He made his debut as a conductor with this piece, conducting it in the most important theatre of Colombia, the Teatro Colón de Bogotá, the 24th. of October, 1996. In 1999 he obtain a government grant to compose the first full-length Colombian Opera in over 30 years, and he is currently working on this project.

Several of his percussion compositions have been published by Beruskens Muziekuitgeverij of the Netherlands, Oude Pastorienstraat 34/ 5993 XX Maasbre/ The Netherlands and are available through this publisher's distributors in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

He currently works as Assistant Conductor for the Opera of Colombia, in Bogotá, and wishes to expand his musical scope specializing in opera conducting.



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