Jürg Frey was born in Aarau in 1953. After studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in Thomas Friedli’s solo class, he began a career as a clarinettist. Later his composing activity became increasingly important. He was subsequently invited by various institutions to give workshops, lectures and retrospective events about his work. He has been a guest at the Berlin University of Arts, at Dortmund University, and several times at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. and at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.
Important stages in his public activity and his compositional development were his concerts and collaborations with the pianist John McAlpine from Cologne, with Radu’s w.i.r. (Vienna), the Bozzini Quartet (Montréal), the QO-2 Ensemble (Brussels), the performance group Die Maulwerker, the incidental music ensemble and the American pianist R. Andrew Lee.
Jürg Frey has received invitations from renowned institutions such as MaerzMusik (Berlin), the Rheinisches Musikfest (Cologne), Interpretations (New York), the Centre Culturel Suisse (Paris) and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (UK). In 2010 he was the guest composer at the Other Minds Festival of New Music in San Francisco. He has particularly often been the guest of small, creative concert organizers such as Klangraum Düsseldorf, music we’ d like to hear (London), Ny Musik Boras (Sweden), The Dog Star Orchestra (Los Angeles), heim.art Neufelden (Austria) The Miniaturist Ensemble (New York), Klang im Turm (Munich) PianoLab.Amsterdam, a.pe.ri.od.ic (Chicago) and the wulf (Los Angeles).
Jürg Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble that gives concerts in Europe, North America and Japan.
As of February 2015