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First music lesson at age five (violin), later guitar and piano
Theoretical education:
Doctorate in theatre sciences, Universität Wien 1978
Diploma in composition, Hochschule für Musik in Vienna 1983
Course in jazz harmony, Konservatorium der Stadt Wien 1978/79
Course in electroacoustic music, Hochschule für Musik in Wien 1979
Choral conducting, Hochschule für Musik in Wien 1975/76



Theodor Körner-Preis, Staatsstipendium der Republik Österreich, numerous work scholarships, Preis des ÖASB-Chorwettbewerbs, Förderungspreis der Stadt Wien, Honorary Degree as the Best Composer of Film Music at the 12th International 'Fajr Film Festival', etc.
For his film score for "Der gute Ort", he was elected a member of the Freie Akademie der Künste Rhein-Neckar (until recently, he was one of the few musicians)



-During his student days, he worked in collaboration with the ORF program Ö1, as well as for ZDF and Deutschlandfunk: organization and presentation of about 200 radio broadcasts
-Recitals in the Festsaal of the Wiener Musikhochschule, etc.

-Numerous publications, as in Pipers’ ‘Enzyklopädie des Musiktheaters’, 'MUSIC MANUAL', etc.

-Since June 2000, member of the board of directors of AKM as representative of serious music
-Since 2002, member of the board of trustees of the Österreichischer Musikrat
-Since 2004, chairman of the board of trustees of the Österreichischer Musikrat
-Since 2018, vice-president of AKM as representative of serious music
-Since 2018, member of the supervisory board of austro-mechana

Guest lectures : 'Projektbezogene multimediale Komposition' at Grazer
Unversität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst. Music for Media in Izmir (TR), Mersin (TR) and Istanbul (TR)



First film score was for "Steinbichler Geschichten" in 1982, a co-production of ORF and ZDF. Since then, he has written numerous scores for ORF, SWR and ZDF, as well as many international TV & film companies.
Major point: composition and production of music in all styles and from all areas for films, especially TV films, for which he wrote in Renaissance, Baroque, popular, and modern styles.
For example: music and entire sound design for the five-part ORF millennium series: "1000 Jahre Österreich – es ist ein gutes land." This series was also released on video.



For Frankfurt/Main, Chur, Bregenzer Festspiele, Theater für Vorarlberg, numerous touring productions, Volkstheater Wien, etc.
1985-91 Music Director of the Freilichtspiele Schwäbisch Hall.
1991 & 92 Vereinigte Bühnen Graz
Producer of the youth group for "STREETGANG". This is Austria’s most popular and successful ‘Youth for Europe Programme’, sponsored by the European Union.
Two musicals (premières during the Wiener Festwochen 1992)
Two children's operas-“RABAUTZ,” premièred in June 1995 at the
Kinderklangfestival [Children's Sounds Festival] at the Wiener Künstlerhaus.
and “Elster & Parzival” - a children's opera, premiered on March 29th 2003 at
Deutsche Oper Berlin. Premiere in Austria in June 2003 -at Kinderklangfestival [Children's Sounds Festival] at the Wiener Künstlerhaus. Premiere of the new edition September 21st 2006 at Deutsche Oper Berlin. Published by Sikorski, Hamburg

At the moment in progress:
“Streetgang – the Musical”
”Die Kaiserin“- opera
”Der Mozartautomat“- opera



Has been heard since 1979 throughout Austria, as well as at important international festivals, including Huddersfield, Ville d’Avray, Aspekte Salzburg, Steirischer Herbst, Österreich Heute 1-5, Cité Internationale des Arts, etc.
His ‘Mystic Strings’ op. 60 for string orchestra appeared on a 2000 new music sampler supported by the chancellery section of the Art Affairs Bureau. This work was previously played in Paris and St. Petersburg, as well as in the Wiener Konzerthaus.
Likewise appeared CDs with his "Symphonie in Brass II" and "Live from MidEurope" „THE PHOENIX" - dedicated to the victims of war and violence - a commission from the Swiss Army Brass Band.
Works include 'The Sunrise Dance' for symphonic wind band, 'Astoria Lounge' for violin & piano, '3 feine Miniaturen for oboe & piano', '3 ganz neue Stücke for clarinet' (published by ECHO/Koch-Universal, 3 Stücke aus der Emigration (version for orchestra), and 'Abschiedsstück' op. 35 (version for soprano & piano).


26- VCR 65 361 ”SISI-The Movie Trilogy Suite"
25- MBCD 31.1117.72 ”Skies"
24- PREISER / 90761 ”Emigration of Strings"

23- EPU 1002: ”Kapuzinerkirche Salzburg/Markus Sepanek"
22- CAPRICCIO 5051: ”102 Masterpieces"
21- MAX 830: ”Nature Scores “
20- en vogue 124: "Bizarre"
19- AMOS 5944: "Under The Bridge" - The Hip-Brass-Hop-Opera
18- EPU 0301: ”Kulinarium"
17- PREISER / PR 90548: ”imma zu wenig und nimoes zu vüü"
16- EPU 9901: ”Neue Klassik“
15- AMOS 5880: ”Live from MidEurope“
14- AMOS 5877: ”Symphonie in Brass II“
13- LIFESTYLE LS-539-2: "Powerful Silence"
12- WM-PRODUCTION CDM 5070-2: "Antonspark"
11- LIFESTYLE LS-525-2: "Dreamscapes"
10- LIFESTYLE LS-518-2: "Odyssey to mankind"
09- ARCADIA EV-197/39197-2: "Bridge of Sighs"
08- ARCADIA EV-196/39196-2: "Easter Island"
07- Gramola 98711 EPU 9303: "Die blaue Stunde"
06- Edition Moderne CASA 005: "Casablanca Nr.5"
05- STAR MUSIC 90.0115: "Green Ashes"
04- WM-PRODUKTION CDM 5070-2: "Antonspark"
03- ARCADIA EV-103/39103-2: "Enchanted Locations"
02- Allround AME-01: "For all children..."
01- Edition Moderne CASA 001: "Casablanca Nr.1"

B1- EPU 9720/0X Jingles & BACKGROUND Vol 01
B2- EPU 9871/0X Jingles & BACKGROUND Vol 02
B3- EPU 2082/0X Jingles & BACKGROUND Vol 03
B4- EPU 2008/0X Jingles & BACKGROUND Vol 04
B5- EPU 9711/0X BACKGROUND Vol 05 ‘1000 Jahre Östereich’ Original Motion
B6- EPU 2008-2/0X Jingles & BACKGROUND Vol 06

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ECHO MUSIKVERLAG (Koch-Universal), Austria
HUG Zürich, Switzerland
MOLENAAR, Netherlands
PERO-Bühnenverlag, Austria
WIENER MUSIKPRODUKTION (Weinberger Verlag), Austria

(Translation by Dan Albertson)

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