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Werner Schulze was born in Wiener Neustadt in 1952. He graduated from the University of Vienna (Philosophy, Akkadian) and the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (Bassoon, Harmonics), and subsequently combined all his academic studies in his professional life, which can be regarded as a fortunate coincidence: Schulze is author, composer, and scientist and was university professor until 2014 (International Centre of Harmonics, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna). In 1995, he was visiting professor at the Institut Seni Indonesia in Jogjakarta/Indonesia.

Being familiar with the Faroese culture and promoting the musical life on the Faroes, he has built up a close relationship with the archipelago in the North Atlantic since 1976.

He retired from his 30 years of activity as a chamber musician including more than 400 performances on 4 continents. Moreover, his once lively international lecturing and publications activity has lately become less important to him in order to give room to his work as composer and stage director

His compositions include orchestral, choral, solo and chamber music works as well as pieces for pedagogical purposes and music for (his own) poetry and prose. Since 1998, he has placed special emphasis on philosophically and theologically oriented artistic syntheses and sees this concept, collectively referred to as “Philosophy on Stage” and “Theology on Stage”, as the essence of his creative work. This group includes 7 works in total and focuses in particular on the following: 1. LLULL (2000), a “Logo-Mysterion” combining theology and philosophy, 2. SOKRATES (2002/03), a music station theatre, 3. ANCHIBASÍE (2004), a dance-music-language-work including fragments of Heraclitus and Empedocles. In these works, the composer, who is responsible for whole artistic concept from the very beginning, combines his main objectives by creating a synthesis of philosophy (theology), poetry, music, and scene. The 4th work of this group, KALKÜL (text: Carl Djerassi), a theatre-opera, was performed first at the opera in Zürich on the occasion of the 150th jubilee of the “Eidgenössisch-Technische Hochschule” (2005). In the same year, the first performance of OIDIPUS TYRANNOS was given. The Sophocles’ tragedy was realised as a shadow theatre and composed for the Javanese gamelan. In 2007, a new version of this project was performed as a wayang kulit drama.

Back to the roots: In 2009, Werner Schulze returned into the house in Wiener Neustadt, where he had spent his youth. At the same time, as artistic director of Teater Tetas, his commitment to Indonesia and the cooperation with the group from Jakarta rose to new heights: Schulze created the concepts of and directed the dance-music-theatre-works MIMPI (2011 Jakarta, 2012 European tour), 13 Jendela (2013 Jakarta), and BELENGGU PROMETHEUS (Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound, 2015/16 Surakarta, Jogjakarta, Jakarta, 2016 European tour). After reducing all his other activities and thus concentrating on the essential, this project is the focus of his work aiming at connecting the cultures and arts of Greece and Java.


Werner Schulze

Born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria

“Humanistisches Bundesgymnasium” Wiener Neustadt

Academic Studies

University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Bassoon with Karl Öhlberger,
Harmonic Research with Rudolf Haase

University of Vienna: Philosophy with Leo Gabriel, Psychology, and Akkadian (Old Babylonian). Doctorate in Philosophy



Bassoonist with the Austrian Wind Quintet: 250 concerts in 23 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Radio broadcasts

Founder and member of the Austro-Hungarian Wind Ensemble (Wind Quintet of the Hungarian State Opera Budapest & Austrian Wind Quintet)

Contrabassoonist with the duo zwio and bassoonist with the LOGOS QUARTET:
concerts, radio broadcasts and workshops in 17 countries in Europe and Asia

Member of the Greek choir DITHYRAMBOS



Artistic friendship with Jenö Takács (1902-2005)

650 performances in 49 countries (Europe, America, Asia). Since 1998 main interest in music·dance·theatre·projects „Philosophy on Stage“ & “Theology on Stage”: logos, Cantico di Frate Sole, LlulL & Sokrates, Anchibasíe, mimpi, 13 jendela, and „Science-based-Art“: Kalkül

Studies in the musical traditions of Indonesia, India, Mallorca, and the Faroes.
20 compositions on CD or DVD. 45 works printed


Academic Lecturing

40 years at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, International Centre of Harmonics (Internationales Harmonik Zentrum)

Visiting Professor at the Institut Seni Indonesia Jogjakarta, Indonesia
(composition, music theory, harmonics, winds & wind ensemble)


Research and Lecturing

Science: 5 books, 100 articles (18 languages).
Literature: drama, stories, poetry

200 lectures in 28 countries. Main topics: philosophic theology, Pythagoreism, Platonism, theory of music, theory of architecture


Competition Prizes

Special Award Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb (Vienna), with snúningur

Special Commendation First Annual Vienna Modern Masters Recording Award (Vienna),
with snúningur

Diplôme d’Honneur Grand Prix International d’Arts et Lettres (Marseille),
with contrafagottophonia

3. Prize Swingfonia (Ried/Austria),
with Konzert für Paasdorf

1. Prize Competition Klosterneuburg,
with LOGOS

Awards for Composition and Sciences


Award from the Lower Austrian Government

Award from the Federal Ministry for Education and the Arts


Award from the City of Vienna

Award from the Lower Austrian Government



Award from the Lower Austrian Government

Dramatic Arts

Award from the City of Wiener Neustadt


Further activities

Member of the International Association for Greek Philosophy, Athens

Member of the Board of the Jenö-Takács-Foundation, Sopron

Honorary Member of the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, Budapest


Promoting and Innovating

24 visits to the Faroes: lectures, concerts and advice regarding the development of the musical life on the Faroes

Initiation of and contribution to the development of a new contrabassoon built by Bernd Moosmann, Waiblingen (Germany)