Biography of Scherrer Clau:
Clau Scherrer was born in Trun in 1976. He had his first piano lessons at the age of six with Armin Caduff at the “Scola da musica Surselva”. As the youngest brother of Soras Scherrer he already performed in his younger years in the whole of Switzerland as an accompanist. At the age of twelve he took over the position as an organist in Schlans. From 1992 – 1997 he attended the high school for music in Feldkirch/Vorarlberg and during this time studied the piano with Prof. Ferenc Bognar at the regional conservatory for Vorarlberg. The studies with Prof. Ferenc Bognar became important and path breaking for Clau Scherrer and his musical work. The young pianist received various prizes and awards, among others the most promising award of the canton of Grisons (1989/Fargliuns Scherrer), the 1st Lions prize for young musicians at the music school of Surselva (1990), the prize of the CRR (1992), various awards as a piano partner at the Austrian federal competition “Prima la Musica”, the first prize at the Bösendorf competition, as well as the second prize at the Austrian federal competition “Prima la Musica” for the solo rating (1996). In the year 2002 he received an arts prize from the district of Trun. Since 1998 Clau Scherrer has been a regular répétiteur at the regional theatre for Vorarlberg in Bregenz. Master classes with Ferenc Rados. In 1999 he completes his concert diploma with distinction. Clau Scherrer completes his studies which he began in autumn 1999 (teaching and concert diploma) with Jürg Wyttenbach at the academy of music in Basel in the spring of 2002 with distinction. In the spring of 2004 he finishes his studies in choir directing with distinction also at the academy of music in Basel. At the same time he taught at the music school in Domat/Ems and at the music school in Surselva. He is also a member of the Ensemble Plus in Bregenz, who have already produced several CD recordings. The young musician has produced a lot of concert and chamber music work. In addition, there are various radio and CD recordings (among others Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, Camille Saint-Saën’s “Carnival of Animals”, 2nd piano concerto by Gion Antoni Derungs/première). As a conductor and pianist he has worked among others with the following orchestras: Südwestdeutsche Philharmonie Konstanz (the South-West German Philharmonic Orchestra Constance), Landessymphonieorchester Bregenz (the Regional Symphony Orchestra Bregenz), Barockorchester Capriccio Basel (Baroque Orchestra Basel), Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden (Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Grisons), Collegium Musicum St.Gallen, Staatsphilharmonie Oradea (State Philharmonic Orchestra Oradea) (Romania) and others. At the 1st MENHIR music festival 2004 he took over conducting engagements during several concerts. Clau Scherrer is expected to act as an assistant for opera productions at the Landestheater Bregenz from January 2005. In 2006, the Schumann year, he will perform the work “Der Rose Pilgerfahrt” (“The Pilgrimage of the Rose”) by Robert Schumann with his choir “Cantus Firmus Surselva” during the Lake Constance Festival. Clau Scherrer founded this choir (Cantus Firmus Surselva) with male and female singers from the whole of Surselva in the year 1999. He discovered the joy of vocal music through chamber music, but also through the correpetition at the theatre in Bregenz and with various choirs. But he also felt the wish of the singers from Surselva to cooperate. Since November 2004 Clau Scherrer has also been the conductor of the well-known “Choir Viril Lumnezia”. At the end of 2004 he received the sought-after Eljette von Karajan Prize as an appreciation of his work in and outside of Grisons, but also as an advancement of his musical plans for the future.