Jannik Giger


The Basel-based composer and video artist Jannik Giger completed a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Media Art at the Bern University of the Arts with Daniel Weissberg and Michael Harenberg as well as a Master of Arts in Composition at the Lucerne University of Music with Dieter Ammann. In 2015 he completed his Master of Arts in Specialized Music Performance ( Composition ) at the Basel Conservatory with Michel Roth and Erik Ona.

With his compositions and video works, he is active both in contemporary music as well as the context of fine arts. The questioning of media and art productions can be found throughout his entire work and is clearly visible in art genre-crossing pieces. A central focus of his work lies in the engagement with staging rituals in the art and music business. Video and sound as forms of transformation-, interference- and communication processes are integral parts of his artistic work. Recurring themes of his work are hierarchical relationships and interactions between author, interpreter, and the piece itself. Jannik Giger’s compositional signature is characterized by the organic integration of foreign material into his own sound language. He lets tonal and harmonic sounds shimmer through, but cleverly complement and surrounds them with microtonal discolorations and leaves room for the various sound worlds to unfold, to collide lustfully and finally to grow together anew.

Jannik Giger’s works are internationally received in the context of music, film and art. For example, at the Wigmore Hall London, as part of the Ultraschall Berlin Festival, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Swiss Art Awards, the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Theater Basel, the Bern Music Festival or the Gare Du Nord in Basel. His compositions are performed by a wide variety of formations. These include the soloist ensemble Kaleidoscope Berlin, the Arditti Quartet, the Ensemble Mosaik, the Mondrian Ensemble Basel, Sarah Maria Sun & Nina Janssen-Deinzer, the Trio Rafale, the Ensemble Phoenix and the Basel Sinfonietta.

Jannik Giger has won several prizes and awards, including studio scholarships in London ( Foundation Landis & Gyr ), Berlin ( Atelier Mondial ), Sri Lanka ( Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia ) or contributions from the Foundation Nicati-de Luze, from the Swiss Cultural Foundation Pro Helvetia, from Kulturelles BS / BL, the Canton of Solothurn, the UBS Cultural Foundation, the Lions Club Basel as well as 2013 the promotional award for the music of the Canton Solothurn.