A solo recital on CD. Flute music from the 20th century and early baroque variations by the blind carillon player Jacob van Eyck. "Density 21.5" by Edgard Varèse refers to the specific weight of platinum and is the first flute piece using key clicks as musical material. "Proporzioni" by Franco Evangelisti is rarely played and combines serial and aleatoric composition techniques. The title of Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Tempus loquendi..." comes from the Ecclesiastes. Flute, alto flute and bass flute are combined to one of the most expressive contemporary flute pieces. And in the "Zeremonienbuch" by Swiss composer Urs Peter Schneider, 6 german poems by 6 poets from 6 centuries are set to music in up to 12 different ways.
Flutist Hans Balmer was born in Berne, Switzerland, in 1964. After passing the university-entrance diploma (matura), he attended the Conservatory there as a student of Christian Studler and was awarded the performance certificate "with distinction" in 1990. He attended masterclasses by Aurèle Nicolet, Renate Greiss, Harrie Starreveld, Felix Renggli and Carin Levine (International Summer Courses for New Music Darmstadt) amongst others. He received important musical influences from Siegfried Palm, Jörg Ewald Dähler, Urs Peter Schneider and many more.
He gives concerts at home and abroad, does radio recordings with contemporary music and teaches at a music school in the Bernese Oberland.