KURMANN, TONY (b. 1943)

Tony Kurmann was born in 1943 in Ufhusen, Switzerland. He studied clarinet, conducting and music education at the High School of Music in Lucerne.
From 1986 to 2007, he taught wind orchestra conducting at the High School of Music in Zürich and from 1978 to 2010 he led the wind orchestra conducting courses organised by Canton of Schwyz Music Association. As clarinetist, he taught at the Music Schools in the Zurich Oberland and Obermarch.
As a conductor, he led several formations including the “Blasorchester Siebnen.” He brought its 90 musicians at a very high level and gave a considerable number of concerts in Switzerland and abroad with this ensemble. In addition to almost all the major wind orchestra works, he conducted often gladly his own transcriptions of great composers (Richard Strauss, Dvořák, Wagner, Verdi, Rossini, etc.).
In December 2009 the Foundation Council of the Swiss Wind Music Association gave him the highest award “Stephan Jäggi Preis” and in August 2010, he received the "Cultural Prize," the highest cultural award of the Canton of Schwyz.
API is proud to publish his three band arrangments of the Hungarian composer, Ferenc Farkas:
• Csínom Palkó - Mischievous Tune AP-06100
• Furfangos diákok - The Sly Students  AP-06098
• Timon of Athens - AP-06099