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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

1952
Born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria

1962-1970
“Humanistisches Bundesgymnasium” Wiener Neustadt

Academic Studies

1968-1974
University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna: Bassoon with Karl Öhlberger,
Harmonic Research with Rudolf Haase

1970-1976
University of Vienna: Philosophy with Leo Gabriel, Psychology, and Akkadian (Old Babylonian). Doctorate in Philosophy

 

Musician

1973-1988
Bassoonist with the Austrian Wind Quintet: 250 concerts in 23 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and South America. Radio broadcasts

1977-1985
Founder and member of the Austro-Hungarian Wind Ensemble (Wind Quintet of the Hungarian State Opera Budapest & Austrian Wind Quintet)

1985-1996
Contrabassoonist with the duo zwio and bassoonist with the LOGOS QUARTET:
concerts, radio broadcasts and workshops in 17 countries in Europe and Asia

2001-2008
Member of the Greek choir DITHYRAMBOS

 

Composer

1976-2005
Artistic friendship with Jenö Takács (1902-2005)

1977-
600 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

1974-2014
40 years at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, International Centre of Harmonics (Internationales Harmonik Zentrum)

1995
Visiting Professor at the Institut Seni Indonesia Jogjakarta, Indonesia
(composition, music theory, harmonics, winds & wind ensemble)

 

Research and Lecturing

1978-
Science: 5 books, 100 articles (18 languages).
Literature: drama, stories, poetry

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


Competition Prizes

1981
Special Award Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb (Vienna), with snúningur

1990
Special Commendation First Annual Vienna Modern Masters Recording Award (Vienna),
with snúningur

1990
Diplôme d’Honneur Grand Prix International d’Arts et Lettres (Marseille),
with contrafagottophonia

1996
3. Prize Swingfonia (Ried/Austria),
with Konzert für Paasdorf

1998
1. Prize Competition Klosterneuburg,
with LOGOS

Awards for Composition and Sciences

Composition

1977
Award from the Lower Austrian Government

1981
Award from the Federal Ministry for Education and the Arts

1982+1994
Theodor-Körner-Award

1983
Award from the City of Vienna

2002
Award from the Lower Austrian Government

Sciences

1978
Theodor-Körner-Award

1983
Award from the Lower Austrian Government

Dramatic Arts

2014
Award from the City of Wiener Neustadt

 

Further activities

1996-
Member of the International Association for Greek Philosophy, Athens

2008-
Member of the Board of the Jenö-Takács-Foundation, Sopron

2010-
Honorary Member of the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, Budapest

2014-
Advisory Board Member of the Austrian-Indonesian Society, Vienna

 

Promoting and Innovating

1976-2015
24 visits to the Faroes: lectures, concerts and advice regarding the development of the musical life on the Faroes

1983/84
Initiation of and contribution to the development of a new contrabassoon built by Bernd Moosmann, Waiblingen (Germany)