MARIO BÜRKI – THE COMPOSER
Sometimes a simple melody that we hear only once can make such a powerful impression on our soul that we believe to hear it again in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the world ... living in us it roars through our inner being.
Hans Christian Andersen
Danish writer (1805 - 1875)
The quote from Hans Christian Andersen describes what I have been doing for about 18 years: I write down what I hear and have already composed about 130 works for various instrumentations. What began in 2001 with my first work "Szenen aus Max & Moritz" (which I wrote for a competition of the WASBE (World Association for Symphonic Bands)) has become my passion to this day: Composing works for wind orchestra and brass band.
MARIO BÜRKI – THE CONDUCTOR
At the age of 16 I took over my first club as a conductor, the Jugendmusik Konolfingen. At the age of 20 I joined the Ostermundigen Music Society, which I still conduct today. Thanks to my compositions, I am increasingly on the road as a guest conductor at home and abroad, e.g. 2012-2013 with the Youth Wind Orchestra of the Bernese Youth Music Association (CH), 2014 in Medellin, Colombia, 2016 at the Harmonie Shostakovich (CH), 2017 at the International Summer Course in Marktoberdorf (D), 2018 at the Wind Music Camp of the Federation of German Wind Music Associations in the Europapark (D).
MARIO BÜRKI – BIO
Born the 26 October 1977, Mario Bürki studied wind orchestral conducting at the Berne conservatory. He also followed courses in composition with Urs Peter Scheider and conducting under the direction of Toshiyuki Shimada and Andreas Spörri. His first grand scale work Scenes of Max and Moritz gained a second place in the composition contest in Lucerne organized by the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles ( WASBE). During the Flicorno d`Oro junior contest (Italy), Indian Fire was awarded a special prize in acknowledgement of its originality. Mario Bürki is regularly commissioned to write for Wind and Brass Band. Two of his works (Cap Hoorn und 1405 : Der Brand von Bern) were premiered at the Mid-Europe Conference in Schladming and several have been chosen as set test-piece for contests. Alongside his composing he conducts various Wind Bands and teaches trumpet and theory. Mario himself plays the trumpet, the piano and the organ.