Georg Friedrich Haas joined Columbia University's composition faculty as a full-time professor in September 2013. This appointment promises to bolster and strengthen our compositional program's reputation as one of the strongest, most progressive, and international programs of its kind in the United States.
Haas has developed into one of the most important European composers of his generation. His music synthesizes in a highly original way the Austrian tradition of great orchestral statements with forward-looking interests in harmonic color and microtonal mood, which stem from both French spectralism and American experimentalism. The result is researching, uncompromising music that is also sensually attractive. His music appeals to unusually diverse audiences, from avant-garde composers for their microtonal investigations to casual listeners for their spacious shapes and melodious harmonies.
Haas for hours in only for 24 musicians, is considered one of the most original and groundbreaking new compositions of the last quarter of a century. Another important job is limited approximations, for orchestra and 6 micro-tuned pianos. He has composed several operas and concerts as well as a variety of chamber music works, including seven string quartets. He has received numerous national and international prizes, including the composition prize of the SWR Symphony Orchestra (2010) for limited approaches and the Grand Austrian State Prize for Music (2007), the highest artistic award in the country.
Professor Haas comes to Colombia after double professorships at the Hochschle for Music in Basel / Switzerland and the Art University in Graz / Austria.
Georg Friedrich Haas is published by Universalausgabe.