Carl Rütti grew up in Zug, Switzerland and in 1975 received the Solisten-diploma in piano and organ from Zürich Conservatoire. During the following year, studying under Kendall Taylor and Richard Latham in London, he became especially fascinated by English choral singing, inspiring him to write several pieces for a cappella choir. Rütti’s music blends the English choral tradition with other genres including jazz and the blues in rich, colourful textures.
He has composed a steady output of largely religious choral works, including Sermon on the Mount, Lieder der Liebe (Songs of Love), Veni Creator Spiritus (a 40 part motet), Stabat Mater, St Peter and St Paul, and Alpha et Omega, first performed at the BBC PROMS in 1999. His compositions also include the carol I wonder as I wander, which has been performed several times in recent years as part of the service of Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College, Cambridge. He has also written a number of instrumental pieces.