Uli Fussenegger, born 1966 in Austria, studied double bass under Franz Dunkler and Ludwig Streicher. After several years as an independent musician and performer of Early Music on original instruments (with the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Concentus Musicus Vienna, among others), Uli Fussenegger decided to specialise in Contemporary Music; in 1987 he joined the Klangforum in Vienna. His intense and longstanding collaboration with composers like Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Bernhard Lang, Matthias Pintscher and Alberto Posadas has led to the creation of countless solo works for double bass, which were also premiered by Prof. Fussenegger himself.
In addition to his international concert activities as a double bass player, Uli Fussenegger works as a composer and improviser. His work has been documented on over 400 CD and DVD productions to date. He was also the dramaturge of Klangforum Wien for over 20 years and curated a wide variety of performative formats. This led, among other things, to intensive collaboration with the director Christoph Marthaler.
Uli Fussenegger was a lecturer at the Hochschule Luzern/Musik from 2009-2018, he has been a lecturer at the Ensembleakademie Impuls Graz since 1999 and at the Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt since 2002. He has also been an instrumental coach at the lucerne academy since 2017.
Since autumn 2018, Uli Fussenegger has been head and coordinator of the contemporary music department at the Hochschule für Musik Basel FHNW and is therefore responsible for sonic space basel.
Studied culture management, musicology, German language and literature, and librarianship in Basel, Freiburg (D) and Stuttgart. Worked with the Südwestrundfunk Stuttgart, the Freiburg University of Music and the Library of the Musik-Akademie Basel. She has been executive assistant at the FHNW Academy of Music in Basel since 2008. Her responsibilities include coordinating and organising various projects (concerts, musical theatre projects, symposia, masterclasses, lecture series etc.). Meike Olbrich also oversees projects for the ZeitRäume↗ festival in Basel and is director and executive producer of the LIEDBasel ↗ festival. Meike Olbrich also sings with a number of choral projects, including Ensemble Resonance. She sits on the board of eduart, an association for cultural mediation.