Born in Geneva, Denis Schuler began his studies with drums and classical percussion before moving on to composition, studying with professors Nicolas Bolens, Eric Gaudibert, Michael Jarrell and Emanuel Nunes. He earned his degree in 2006. In 2008 he was the first Swiss composer to win the International Composition Competition of Sacred Music in Freiburg. Denis Schuler was a member-in-residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome during the 2010 / 2011 academic year. He was awarded a residency in Cairo by the Pro Helvetia Foundation in 2013. He is also a curator and devotes his attention to concert programming, performance spaces and audience reception with the Ensemble Vide and the Swiss Institute in Rome, among others.
In his rich and atypical path, Denis Schuler seeks inspiration in a wide range of areas, such as traditional music, improvisation, and written music: he confronts and gathers multiple influences, enabling a singular and personal voice to come forth. Through the study of rhythm and aural material, his work explores the liminal conditions of listening, especially those approaching silence. His music calls for a particular focus, in which the ear must often remain very alert, picking up on breath and noise, and requiring involved listening.
His compositions have been commissioned and performed by, among others, the Orchestre de chambre de Genève, the Ensemble Vortex, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Glass Farm Ensemble, the Nederland Kamerkoor, Tetraflûtes, the Quatuor Bela and the Ensemble Vide. Denis Schuler has also composed music for performances at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, the Tojo in Bern, the Théâtre de Carouge and the Théâtre du Grütli in Geneva.