Gunter Schneider


born 1954, studied guitar and musicology, teaches guitar and contemporary music at the Vienna University of Music and the Performing Arts.

He has made himself a name in the field of contemporary avantgarde and especially improvised music and has composed music for solo instruments, chamber ensembles, singers and orchestra.

He has worked with the RSO Wien, the Orchestra of the Bavarian Radio, Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck, WDR-Sinfonieorchster Köln, Ensemble Modern Frankfurt, Klangforum Wien, special and collective projects among others with Radu Malfatti, Franz Hautzinger, and Christian Wolff. Together with his spouse Barbara Romen (guitar and hammered dulcimer) they perform as a duo, with Zimt and DUCHAMP DEFAULT (including Angélica Castelló and Burkhard Stangl), Tracking stones’ voices using sounding stone objects by sculptor Kassian Erhart, here comes the sun with Berlin multiphoner Kai Fagaschinski, Klopfzeichen/Klangschnitte together with Austrian and Japanese wood print artists, as well as the house music project quadrat:sch (with Alexandra and Christof Dienz).

Their interpretation of Helmut Lachenmann’s Salut für Caudwell led to a music theatre project conceived by coreographer Xavier Le Roy (More Mouvements für Lachenmann), presented in Europe and the USA.