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O.Univ.Prof. Mag. Kurt Estermann

University Professor in Sacred Composition (incl. Compositional Technique)

  • Mirabellplatz 1
  • 5020 Salzburg

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Kurt Estermann was born in 1960 in Innsbruck and comes from a family of musicians. After completing his schooling and studies in his home town he was awarded final diplomas in composition, sacred music, concert music for organ and harpsichord from the Academy of Music and Performing Art in Vienna. Teachers with strong personalities such as Erich Urbanner, Peter Planyavsky, Michael Radulescu and Gordon Murray made a decisive impression on Estermann.

Courses and encounters with Wolfgang Rihm and György Ligeti influenced his further development as a composer.


Kurt Estermann has been awarded prizes and distinctions both for his compositions and for his concert activity performing on keyboard instruments: 1985 organ competition in Bruges, Belgium; 1987 Tyrol music encouragement prize; 1989 and 1995 acknowledgement prize from the ministry; 1989 Hofhaymer competition in Innsbruck; 1996 composition prize from the Tyrol Singing Association; 1997 music encouragement prize from the state, 1999 prize for artistic creativity from the city of Innsbruck.


Since 1996 Kurt Estermann has been commissioned to compose works and perform regularly at the Klangspuren Festival in Schwaz, at ORF Vienna, at the Galerie St. Barbara Hall in Tyrol, at St. Stephan in Vienna, at the Tyrol Easter Festival, in Lockenhaus as well as in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Poland and America. Kurt Estermann has repeatedly been a member of the jury of the Slatkonia Prize awarded by the archdiocese of Vienna and for the music encouragement prize awarded by the federal chancellery.


As a church musician he is closely associated with Wilten Abbey in Innsbruck. In the year 2000 Kurt Estermann took over the chair of Sacred Composition at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. His compositional Oeuvre comprises primarily organ music, works for voice and organ, choral works, orchestral and ensemble music. His publisher is Doblinger, Vienna.