Michael Jarrell

Michael Jarrell ( born October 8, 1958 in Geneva ) is a Swiss composer.


Michael Jarrell studied composition at the conservatory of his native city of Geneva and with Klaus Huber at the University of Music in Freiburg.

His compositions have been honored with numerous international awards. Among other things, he was awarded the Beethoven Prize of the City of Bonn, the Marescotti Prize (both in 1986), the price for the composition of the Dutch Siemens Prize Gaudeamus Foundation (1988) and (1990). From 1989 to 1990 he was a member of the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. As a composer in residence, he was invited ( October 1991-June 1993 ) and later to the Lucerne Festival ( 1996) by the local orchestra to Lyon. Since 1993 he has been Professor of Composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He was appointed Chevalier des Lettres et des Arts, 2001. Since 2004 he teaches composition at the Geneva Conservatory. In addition, he taught composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna as a major subject teachers.


His compositions include instrumental works such as Farewell ( for piano and orchestra, 2001) and the cycle Assonance ( for different ensemble compositions, 1983-2000 ) as well as operas; so he set under the title Cassandre Christa Wolf's story Cassandra ( premiered in 1994 in Paris); its 2010, first performed at the Schwetzingen Festival Opera Le Père based on Heiner Müller's autobiographical prose father.



  • Trei II - Modifications - Eco - Trace Ecart ( ACCORD 461764-2 )
  • Chaque jour n'est qu'une trêve entre deux nuits: Rhizomes - Assonance IV - Congruences ( ACCORD 465309-2 )
  • Music for a While: Music for a While - Formes fragment IIb - ... car le pensé et l' être sont une même chose - Essaims - Cribles ( Aeon AECD 0531)
  • Eco: Assonance III - Eco IIb - From Bebung - Trei II - Essaims - Cribles ( ACCORD )
  • Cassandre ( Cairo )