Ole Lützow-Holm

City, Country:

Göteborg, Sweden

Born 1954 in Copenhagen/Denmark. Ole Lützow-Holm studied piano and composition in Stockholm and Freiburg with Gunnar Bucht, Brian Ferneyhough and Klaus Huber.

He attracted widespread attention in the early 1980s with a series of virtuoso pieces, e.g. “Da Sotto terra“ (1982), “Chiaroscuro“ (1982) and “Contour“ (1984), connecting strictly formalized strategies with a colourful and ornamental appearance.

A decade later these two elements had given way to a far more subjective, restricted intimacy, e.g. in “Floral Night Episode“ (1992) and “Blind Evidence“(1995). Lyrical as well as impressionistic qualities had now become predominant features introducing a distinctive mode of address, which combined intentionality with coincidence, rigour with pliancy. It proved particularly useful in he monodrama “There’s nothing like a kiss long and hot down to your soul“ (1998).

Lützow-Holm is professor of composition at the School of Music and Music Education at the Göteborg University. Recorded compositions are available on Phono Suecia PSCD 60.