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Detailed Curriculum Vitae

Burkhard Schlothauer (* 1957), lives and works in Gera, Thuringia, Germany since 2011

Composer of Contemporary Chamber Music

Since 1993 numerous performances of the compositions at festivals and concert series in Germany (Klub Katarakt im Kampnagel Hamburg, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Cage Festival im Stadthaus Ulm, Alte Feuerwache Köln, BKA Berlin, Volksbühne Berlin, Klangzeit Münster, TAM/Krefeld in the context of the Niederrheinischen Herbst), France (Festival GMne Marseille), Switzerland (Moments Musicaux in the Kunsthalle Aarau), Austria (Wiener Festwochen), Belgium, Holland (Museum for Modern Art Utrecht), USA (CalArts), Great Britain (BBC Festival Grundelweiser in London), Brazil (Festival Escutera Rio de Janeiro), Czech Republic (Argonfestival Prague), Slovenia, Croatia (Musikbiennale Zagreb) and others.


Numerous radio and CD recordings of the works 

(see discography under cd's)

Publisher Compositions: edition wandelweiser, (www.wandelweiser.de)


Invitations / Commissions as Composer (Selection)

2019 Bewegte Bauhausbilder Theater Gera-Altenburg

2017 Wandelweiserfestival Amsterdam, Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Klang im Dach München 

2015 Klang im Turm München

2013 Klub Katarakt / Kampnagel Hamburg,

2012 Kunstraum Düsseldorf, Festival Zeitgenössische Musik Berlin

2011 Cut and Splice / BBC London

2011 Musikbiennale Zagreb / Ljubljana

2010 Klangraum Düsseldorf

2008 Kompositionsauftrag Klangzeit Münster

2008 Klangraum Düsseldorf Sommerakademie „Weitere Lieder“

2002 Januar/Februar Artist in Residence im Californian Institute of Arts

2000 Artist in Residence am Podewil - Center for Contemporary Arts, Berlin mit Zeitkratzer

1999 Podewil Montagsmusik

1997 Podewil Montagsmusik

1996 John Cage Festival Stadthaus Ulm

1995 GNme Aix en Provence


World Premieres by the Following Musicians (selection)

John Mc Alpine, Antoine Beuger, Bozzini Quartet, Pi Hsien Chen,  Erik Drescher, Julia Eckhardt, Jürg Frey, Reinhold Friedl, Kerstin Fuchs, Rachel Gruber, Matthias von Hintzenstern, Eva Maria Houben, Markus Kaiser, Ulrich Krieger, Christian Kesten, Klaus Lang, Carin Levine, Tobias Liebezeit, Radu Malfatti, Die Maulwerker, Christoph Nicolaus, Normisa Pereira da Silva, Ensemble QO2 (Brüssel), Katharina Rasinski, Craig Shepard, Thomas Stiegler, Thürmchen Ensemble, Guy Vandromme, wandelweiser komponistenensemble, YongAh Yoon, Zeitkratzer-Ensemble


Chamber Musician and Ensemble Member

New music/experimental music - violin, viola, guitar, percussion, voice, performance).  


- Member of Wandelweiser Komponistenensemble since 1993.
- Violinist with Ensemble Zeitkratzer (www.zeitkratzer.de) from 1997 to 2017
- since 2017 Duo with Ullrich Phillipp (Live-Processing), electric five-string violin and live-electronics
- since 2010 Fuzzylogics with Michael Rodach and Andreas Weiser, (www.fuzzylogics.de) Livesampling Electric Trio - electric violin

Concert tours to
Brazil, USA, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Great Britain, Belgium, Croatia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Greece, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Serbia and others.

Festivals (selection):
Ruhrtriennale, Jazzfest Berlin, Wiener Festwochen, Musikbiennale Zagreb, Märzmusik Berliner Festspiele, Donaufestival Krems, Meteo Mulhouse, Sonic Protest Paris, Printemps des Arts Monte Carlo, Melos-Ethos Bratislava, Musiktriennale Köln, Ultima Festival Oslo, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Biennale für moderne Musik Frankfurt/M., Avant Art Festival Breslau, Musique Action Nancy, NO-Music HKW Berlin.

IIn Zeitkratzer Ensemble work with the following Composers / Performers / Ensembles:
William Bennett (Whitehouse), Maria Bertoncini, Nic Collins, Elisabeth Coudoux, Rhodri Davies, Axel Dörner, John Duncan, Isabelle Duthoit, Dror Feiler, Alexander Frangenheim, Reinhold Friedl, Frank Gratkowski, Bernhard Günter, Keiji Haino, Franz Hautzínger, Hans-Joachim Hespos, Hilary Jeffery, Ray Kaczinsky, Zibigniew Karkowski, Annette Krebs, Christina Kubisch, Arto Lindsay, Alvin Lucier, Merzbow, Palle Mikkelborg, Michael Moser, Andrea Neumann, Carsten Nicolai, Phil Nibblock, Helmut Oehring, Ulli Phillipp, Melvyn Poore, Lou Reed, Rubato Tanztheater, Terje Rypdal, Markus Schmickler, Elliot Sharp, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lucca Venitucci, Sasha Waltz Dance Company

Since 1997 Concerts as Chamber Musician with (selection):
Antoine Beuger, Julia Eckhardt, Jürg Frey, Reinhold Friedl, Franz Hautzinger, Matthias von Hintzenstern, Markus Kaiser, Ulrich Krieger, Tobias Liebezeit, Radu Malfatti, Chico Mello, Frederic Rzewski, Katharina Rasinski, Christian Kesten, Guy Vandromme, Normisa Pereira da Silva, Michael Rodach, Andreas Weiser, Andreas Oldörp, Alan Torres

Theatre Musician from 2003 - 2007 
(Vl, Git., Mand.) at Berliner Ensemble (Schiffbauerdamm):
„Leonce und Lena“ (Director:: Robert Wilson)
„Wintermärchen“ (Director: R. Wilson)
„Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald“; Deutsches Theater Berlin (Director: Dimiter Gotscheff)

Curator / Organizer

- 1993 Stiller Tanz / Silent Dance (5 evenings with Lole Gessler and Ensemble Wandelweiser at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin)

- 1994 Thürmchen Ensemble (piano quartet) in Berlin and Cologne (works of Walther, Bauckholt, Öhring, Schlothauer.)

- 1994 Pi Hsien Chen and Carine Levine (works of Stockhausen, Beuger, Schlothauer) in Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf

- 1995 Jürg Frey at Ballhaus Naunynstraße, Berlin

- 1995 Exposition of swiss concrete painter Ida Maibach in Berlin

- 1997-1999 producer of Timescraper Jazz

- 1999-2000 Wandelweiserwerkstattkonzerte at Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin Steglitz (12 concerts with Christian Kesten, Ulrich Krieger, Thomas Bächli, Andrea Neumann, Radu Malfatti, Antoine Beuger and others)

- 2000 Wandelweiserfestival at Schwartzsche Villa Berlin Steglitz (2 dayx – 6 concerts)

- 2001 Bozzini Quartet (Kanada) at Kulturhaus Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

- 2002 Festival “10 Years Wandelweiser” at Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts), Berlin and at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2 days – 6 concerts)

- 2007 Musik ist keine Wissenschaft (Music is not a Science) - Concert at the conference "Geisteswissenschaft & Urbanität heute" (Technical Uneversity Berlin)

- 2009 Akademie der Künste ((Academy of the Arts) Lecture and Concert Re-Inventionen (Re-Inventions) within the framework of the festival "Re*". 

- 2019 Abstract Music in 20. Century - OPEN MUSIC Gera (Lectures, Workshops, Concerts)

Scientific writer

Publisher (with Eva-Maria Houben) of two volumes of the series in different versions, 

Various articles in Positionen and KunstMusik

(see bibliography http://www.kompositionskunst.de),

Studies / Education


Scientific education

- 2003 - 2013 Studies in Musicology and Philosophy at the TU Berlin with Martin Schmidt and Helga de la Motte, Thesis: Analysis of the composition SEVEN by John Cage, Degree Magister Artium (Master of Arts)


Musical education

- 1978 - 1981 Music studies in instrumental pedagogy, violin (with Franz-Josef Kupcyk), classical guitar (with Bernhard Hebb), electric bass, composition and jazz arrangement, early musical education (with Gertrud Meyer-Denkmann) at the Conservatory of the City of Bremen, thesis: Sound carrier - progress or dictatorship? 

Degree: State certified private music teacher for violin, guitar and electric bass.

- 1974 - 1976 Music studies orchestral musician, violin at the Richard Strauss Conservatory of the City of Munich, study course orchestral music,  jazz, participation in university orchestra, piano lessons.

- Continuous instrumental lessons since the age of 8 (recorder, violin, double bass).


Education in fine arts

Education in fine arts

- May 1994 painting course Salzburger Sommerakademie with Ingeborg Lüscher

1986 - 1990 Private lessons nude drawing and painting


Commercial training

1990/91 Real Estate Project Management EBS - European Business School

Other activities

1998 - 2002 Song project with Chico Mello (Vl, perk, b) 2 concert tours to Brazil, Song project "Paradogs" with Ary Strien

1996 - 2002 Producer and co-producer of about 30 CD's (New Music and Jazz) partly also mastering, editing, layout

1993 - 2003 Music publisher Managing Director of Timescraper Music Publishing GmbH / Edition Wandelweiser, music publisher and CD label, Berlin

1989 - 1997 Managing Partner, Weitsicht Berlin Group of Companies, Real Estate Development and Management

1985 - 1989 Worked in various companies in the insurance industry

1984 Music teacher at private primary school in Austria, music lessons with classes, instrumental lessons, ensembles, arrangements for student ensembles, composition and performance of a children's musical "Snow White".

1982 - 1983 Managing Director Kulturwerkstatt Bremen e.V., teacher of cultural adult education (rhetoric, rhythm)

1982/83 Publisher of the youth newspaper Kikeriki in Bremen (distribution newspaper 100,000 circulation)

1979 - 1981 Music school teacher in Verden (violin and ensemble) (1/2 position) and additionally private music teacher (violin, improvisation, guitar)

1981 - 1983 Musician and supporting actor at Kindertheater Zocki, Bremen

1983 Freelance cultural journalist for radio and daily newspapers in Bremen

1980 Internship in the music department of Radio Bremen (2 months)


Voluntary activities

Since 2015 Managing Director KIM Kultur in Mitteldeutschland gem. GmbH - Development of the free cultural centre Häselburg Gera

Since 2018 Kunstschule Gera e.V. member of the board of directors

2012 - 2017 Collaboration with Freie Waldorfschule Gera, Public Relations


© 2019 Burkhard Schlothauer