Born in Zurich (Switzerland) in 1958 and studied piano with Werner Bärtschi in Zurich. Bächli has been awarded numerous prizes for his commitment to new music. He lives in Berlin, Germany as a concert pianist and piano teacher. From 1996 to 1998 he lived in New York where he was curator of the music program of the Swiss Institute for the year 1998. Since 1999 he is living in Berlin. While not ignoring former periods, Bächli concentrates on twentieth century music.
Together with Gertrud Schneider, he has a piano duo performing quarter tone music and music in just intonation. They can be heared on the CD “Bridge” (hatART) with piano works by James Tenney. As a performer, he concentrates on contemporary music while also playing composers of former periods. His repertory includes works as the Goldberg Variations of J.S.Bach and Iberia of Isaac Albeniz.
Bächli is one of the few interpreters of the legendary “Sonate pour piano” of the French composer Jean Barraqué and of works by the unknown German-Jewish exilee Erich Itor Kahn. For more than ten years Bächli has performed the forgotten works of Russian futurist composers of the twenties following the revolutionary ideas of Scriabin, such as Mosolov and Protopopov.
Tomas Bächli on Percaso Records
Brian Agro “Poems and Preludes”
percaso production CD 018
Tomas Bächli: piano
Tomas Meyer: and Brian Agro liner notes
Music by Brian Agro. Recorded live direct two-track at Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin, 1999 August 2 & 3 by Marcus Waibel. Edited, mixed and mastered at Elephant Château Studio Basel, 2000 July and December by Max Spielmann and Christoph Gallio. Graphic design by Anne Hoffmann. Cover Art: Alain Huck