Marco Pütz was born in Luxembourg on March 16th 1958. He studied music (saxophone, chamber music, harmony, counterpoint, composition and conducting) in Esch/Alzette, Luxembourg-City, Brussels and Liège (Belgium). Since 1987 he has composed more than 80 works, primarily for wind instruments and for Symphonic Wind Band, but also one musical for children, a string quartet, several compositions for chamber/symphony orchestra and a number of educational pieces. As of 2015 all his Symphony Orchestra works will be published by Edition Kunzelmann (CH).
International recognation came in 1995 with the 1st prize at the International Clarinet Association Composition Contest for his work Quatuor pour Clarinettes.
In 1996 Marco was awarded the 2d prize at the 2do Concorso Internationale Augusto Cagnan, Treviso (IT) for his Concertino for Horn & Wind Band. In 2012 he has been a twice finalist at the ITEA-Harvey Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition:
Five open-ended pieces (tuba/euphonium octet) and Chapters of Life (Tuba Concerto).
In June 2017 the ‘ Plaquette d’ Honneur ‘ of the UGDA (Union Grand-Duc Adolphe, Luxembourg) was awarded to him for his international achievements in wind band music.
In October 2017, Marco received the prestigious ‘ BUMA International Brass Award ‘ (NL) as an acknowledgment for his compositions, especially for wind/fanfare orchestra.
Marco Pütz is wellknown for his works for concert band, many of which have become standarts in the wind band repertoire throughout the world.
Most of his works are published by:
- Bronsheim Music (NL) http://www.bronsheim.nl
- De Haske (NL) http://www.dehaske.com
- Hal Leonard (USA) http://www.halleonard.com
- Edition Kunzelmann (CH) http://www.kunzelmann.ch
- Maecenas Music (GB) http://www.maecenasmusic.co.uk
- Edition Tonger (DE) http://www.tonger.de
- Editions H.Lemoine (M. Combre) (F) http://www.henry-lemoine.com
- Sempre Più, Editions (F) http://www.semprepiu-editions.com
Some 60 CDs including his compositions have been released since 1995:
Antes/Bella Musica (DE), Bronsheim Music (NL), Amos (CH), Mirasound (NL), DeHaske (NL), Albany Records (USA), Mark Records (USA), GIA-Records (USA), Doyen Records (GB), SEL-Classics, etc…..
The music of Marco Pütz has been performed in most European Countries as well as in Russia, USA, Canada, Australia and in Asia (China, Japan, South Corea, Taiwan and Singapore)
Luxembourg Military Band, Frysk Fanfare Orkest (NL), Banda Sinfonica da GNR (PT), The Calgary University Wind Ensemble, The Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Orchestra (USA), V. Ezhdik State Concert Wind Band (RUS), North Cheshire Wind Orchestra (GB), Militärmusik Kärnten (AT), DePaul University Wind Ensemble (USA), Sinfonisches Blasorchester Hessen (DE), The United States Army Field Band, Orchestre d’Harmonie des Guides de Bruxelles, Musique de l’Air de Paris, Nantes Philharmonie (F), North Texas Wind Symphony, Royal Australian Air Force Band, Les Solistes Européens Luxembourg (SEL), Orchestre de Chambre de Luxembourg (OCL) . . . . . .
Quintette de Cuivres de Lorraine (FR), Tuba Consortium (LU), Chicago Clarinet Trio, Capriccio Clarinet Orchestra (BE), Ensemble SaXaS (LU), Quatuor Lucilin (LU), Quatuor Kreisler (LU), Quatuor Talich (CZ), Quatuor CoryFeye (BE), Quatuor Clari’Good (BE), pentaTon (CH) ……..
Many compositions have also been performed at well known festivals, for example:
WMC in Kerkrade (NL, 2001,2003,2005,2009,2013,2015,2017), Eidgenössisches Musikfest (CH, 2000), Alpine Music Festival (CH, 2000), International Clarinet Association (Atlanta, 2002), Mid Europe (AT, 2002/2004/2005), Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (DE, 1999/2000), Festival Radenci (SLO, 2002), WASBE-Conferences (Jönköping 2003, Singapore 2005, Killarney 2007, Cincinnati 2009, Chiayi-City, Taiwan 2011, Utrecht 2017), Midwest Clinic (Chicago, 2008), Triangle Festival (F, 2003), 1. Deutsches Bläserforum (Dortmund, 2004), BASBWE-Conference (Glasgow, 2007), XVIe Rencontre d’Ensembles de Violoncelles de Beauvais (F, 2008), Festival International d’Echternach (LU, 2008), Festival ” Les Quatuors à St.-Roch ” (Paris, 2009), 2012 ITEA-Competition (Linz, AT), CBDNA-Conference 2013, Greensboro (USA), EuropArt Festival (Brussels 2016, 2017), etc…..
From July 2013 – July 2016 Marco has been a member of the WASBE-board.
(WASBE=World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles).
Visit WASBE: http://www.wasbe.org
Since 1980, Marco Pütz has also taught saxophone, chamber music and instrumentation at the Conservatory of Luxembourg. He is a founding member of the Luxembourg Saxophone Quartet (1982-2006). From 1981-2006 he played the saxophone parts for the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.