Swiss composer Hanspeter Kyburz was born in 1960 in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1980 he began studying composition with Alexandra Dobrowlsky and Gösta Neuwirth in Graz. From 1982 to 1990, he studied with Gösta Neuwirth and Frank Michael Beyer at the Berlin Akademie der Kuenste, then with Hans Zender in Frankfort from 1990 to 1993. In 1990, he
received the Boris Blacher Prize, a scholarship to study at the Cité International des Arts in Paris, and began working with the Insel-Musik-Konzerte in Berlin. The following year, he obtained his Master’s Degree in Musicology, Philosophy, and Art History. He has won several music awards including the Schneider-Schott Prize (1994), the Encouragement Prize from the Berlin Akademie der Kuenste (1996), and a prize from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation (2000).
His work has been performed by some of today's leading international musical ensembles such as Klangforum, l'Ensemble Contrechamps, l'Ensemble Intercontemporain, Musikfabrik, l'Ensemble Modern, l'Ensemble Recherche, the Ensemble für Neue Musik, le Quatuor Camerata, and the Ensemble United Berlin at the Berlin Biennial, at the Wiener Festwochen, as well as in Witten and Donaueschingen.
Hanspeter Kyburz has taught at several electroacoustic studios in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Kyburz taught at the Basler Komponistenwoche in 1996 and at the Musikhochschule in Basel (2000 to 2002). Since 1997, he has been working as a composition professor at the Hochschule für Musik Berlin.