Prof. Hanspeter Kyburz was born in Lagos, Nigeria, to Swiss parents. He began to study compostion in 1980 with A. Dobrowolsky and Gösta Neuwirth in Graz. From 1982-90 he studied with Gösta Neuwirth and Frank Michael Beyer at the Berlin University of the Arts and subsequently with Hans Zender in Frankfurt. In 1990 he was awarded the Boris Blacher Prize, won a scholarship from the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 1990/91 and began to work with the Insel-Musik-Konzerte in Berlin. In 1991 he graduated with a master's degree in musicology, philosophy and art history. In 1994 he was awarded the Schneider-Schott prize and in 1996 a sponsorship award from the Berlin University of the Arts. Hanspeter Kyburz has lectured at several electro-acoustic studios in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In 1996 he was guest lecturer at the Basler Komponistenwoche. Due to the performance of his works at festivals such as the Berlin Biennale, the Wiener Festwochen, the Wittenauer Tage für Neue Chamber Music and in Donaueschingen he has become well-known. His compositions have been performed by internationally renowned ensembles such as Klangforum Vienna, Ensemble Contrechamps Geneva, Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, Musikfabrik Nordrhein Westfalen, Ensemble Modern, Ensemble für Neue Musik Zurich, Ensemble UnitedBerlin, Camerata Quartet Warsaw and ensemble recherche Freiburg. Numerous CD recordings document his works. Hanspeter Kyburz has written compositions for the Ensemble Intercontemporain Paris, the Südwestfunk Baden-Baden, the Basle Conservatory, the Steirischer Herbst, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Sender Freies Berlin and the Süddeutscher Rundfunk. Hanspeter Kyburz has been Professor of Composition at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin since 1997.