Composer and cellist Stefan Thut (born 1968, living and working in Solothurn, Switzerland) studied at the Lucerne Conservatory (Bachelor’s Degree in Music) and at the Boston University Music School (Master’s Degree in Music). He is interested in relatively concise processes and scores but with unpredictable results in terms of sound. In addition to traditional instruments, he uses phonography and everyday objects as tools in his work. Worthy of note is the use of cardboard and paper in his recent work, a series of pieces that began with ‘Two Strings and Boxes’ (2012), in which static sound sources (instruments) are combined with cardboard boxes that are gently dragged, occupying the space and functioning as a resonating chamber.
His compositions have been performed in the Kunstraum Düsseldorf (2007, 2013, 2015), Kid Ailack Concert Hall in Tokyo (2007, 2009), Diapason Gallery in New York (2010), Umlaut Festival in Berlin (2012, 2014), Hollywell Music Room in Oxford (2012), Cinema Rex in Belgrade (2013), Spanski Borci in Ljubljana (2014), Gez-21 in Saint Petersburg (2015), Säulenhalle Landhaus in Solothurn (2007-2015) as well as in other contemporary and experimental music spaces and festivals.
As an interpreter, he has performed solo pieces for cello by Carlo Inderhees, Jürg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Tim Parkinson, James Saunders, Taku Sugimoto, Taku Unami and Manfred Werder; and as a member of the Ensemble Incidental Music he has played in Berlin, Brussels, London and Zurich.
His scores are published by Edition Wandelweiser and recordings of his work, in addition to being published on this label, have also been published by Winds Measure Recordings (United States), Point Engraved Glass (UK), Flexion (Switzerland), Rhizome.s (France-Portugal), Con-v (Spain), Speculations (UK), Insub (Switzerland) and Intonema (Russia).