Roland Moser was born in 1943 in Bern, Switzerland. He studied composition with Sandor Veress and Wolfgang Fortner, as well as piano and conducting in Bern/Switzerland and Freiburg im Breisgau/Germany. He followed this with a year of studies in electronic music in Cologne.
In 1969 he started as a professor of music theory and contemporary music at the conservatory in Winterthur, and from 1984-2008 as professor for composition, instrumentation and music theory at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel. Since 1969 he has been performing and experimenting with his group of composers and performers «Ensemble Neue Horizonte Bern». As a guest professor he lectures in west-European countries and in Buenos Aires, Krakow, Tashkent, Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod.
Within his oeuvre of over 70 titles there is a special focus on language within the vocal and instrumental section. A large open ended «romance project» has played a major role since 1970: Heinelieder, Lebenslauf (Hölderlin), Brentanophantasien, Ritterfragmente (after J.W. Ritter), the opera Avatar (after Th. Gautier) and the «letter-scenes» Rahel und Pauline (First performance at the Lucerne Festival 2007). Besides choir works and ten pieces for varying sizes of orchestras he focuses on chamber music.
Roland Moser’s awards: the jury prize for «Heinelieder» at the international composers meeting in Boswil, Switzerland 1974; the Conrad Ferdinand Meyer award, Zürich 1982; the Music award of the state of Bern, 1987; Culture prize, Allschwil 2006; Swiss composer’s award, Schweizerischer Tonkünstlerverein (Marguerite Staehelin) 2007. Commissions by (choice): Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Tonhallegesellschaft Zürich, Zürcher Kammerorchester, Allg. Musikgesellschaft Basel, Lucerne Festival, Pro Helvetia, Theater St. Gallen und Gelsenkirchen, Koussewitzky Foundation New York and many musicians and Ensembles.