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Michel Roth was born in 1976 in Altdorf (Uri). Following completion of his undergraduate studies he began his postgraduate course in musicology and German philology at the University of Basel. On graduating he continued with further musical studies in composition under the tutelage of Roland Moser und Detlev Müller-Siemens at Basel College of Music, where he received a diploma with distinction in composition and music theory. Even during his studies he undertook intensive teaching activities at Lucerne College of Music; he has lectured in music theory and composition since the summer of 2001. Roth has also been the faculty head of the Contemporary Music Department since 2004 and developed there the new major course in Contemporary Art Performance (in collaboration with Lucerne Festival Academy/Pierre Boulez). In this position he worked together with Sofia Gubaidulina, Peter Eötvös, George Benjamin and Georg Friedrich Haas. In 2011 he followed an appointment of the Hochschule für Musik Basel, where he works as a professor for composition and music theory and is member of the Institute of Music Research.

2001 – Composer of the Week at the European Month of Music in Basel and the world premiere of his piano concerto 'Schöllenen'; several commissions from the Swiss cultural foundation Pro Helvetia and the Swiss Association of Musicians. He collaborates with numerous renowned interpreters and Ensemble: the Orchestra of Bayerischer Rundfunk (under Martyn Brabbins), the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Orchestra de Pays de Savoie, the Mondrian-Ensemble Basel, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Ensemble Mosaik Berlin, the Ensemble Ascolta Stuttgart, the New Vocal Soloists Stuttgart and Klangforum Wien (under Sylvain Cambreling and Johannes Kalitzke). Since 2007 close collaboration with the Romanian Percussionist Mircea Ardeleanu. Guest at numerous festivals worldwide (e.g. Lucerne, Witten, Darmstadt, Warsaw, Berlin, Munich, Graz, London, Cork, Madrid, Bukarest, Montreal, Sao Paulo, Beijing) and winner of several prizes (BMW Composition Prize musica viva Munich; Art Mentor Foundation a.o.). His newer works were published by Ricordi Munich.

In addition to his practical activities, Michel Roth researches and publishes on various music-theoretical subjects (for example as musical curator of the interdisciplinary exhibition projects “Harmonie und Dissonanz” (2006) and "Linea" (2011) in collaboration with the Kunsthaus Zug).