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Vita | Awards, Scholarships
Joachim F.W. Schneider studied with Heinz Winbeck at the University of Music Würzburg, He has received many national and international awards, including 1st Prize in the II. International Uuno Klami Composition Competition, the Bayerischer Staatsförderpreis, given by the German Federal State of Bavaria, and the European Composer’s Award. He was a scholarship holder at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
His works have been performed by prestigious soloists, ensembles and orchestras (such as Sol Gabetta, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, Kymi Sinfonietta, Münchener Kammerorchester and Ensemble Modern) and have been played in Europe, USA and Canada. He worked with conductors such as Kent Nagano, John Storgårds, Yasuo Shinozaki, Jonathan Stockhammer and Peter Tilling.
Schneider’s compositions include works for string quartet, orchestra and choir as well as piano, guitar and solo tuba. His music is complex and mostly microtonal, he uses all possible ways of expression and techniques of the instruments involved. This variety is brought together into an own and original aestheticism which is dense in colour and time.
Schneider is a member of the management team at the PreCollege of the Würzburg University of Music and teaches music theory and composition. He also teaches in the excellence programme of the Matthias-Grünewald-Gymnasium Würzburg.
Scholarship of the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Culture, Science and Art at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2017/18)
1st Prize and Special Prize of the City of Kotka in the II. International Uuno Klami Composition Competition 2009 in Finland for Drei Orchesterstücke
Bayerischer Staatsförderpreis 2005 (an award given by the German Federal State of Bavaria)
European Composer's Award 2003 of the City of Berlin for Sylphidentänze
1st Prize in the International Composing Competition Schweinfurt 2003 for Guru (2. Fassung) Konzert für Gitarre und Ensemble
Last round of the 7 best entries in theComposing Competition of Christoph Delz Foundation (Basel) with Konzert für Klavier und Orchester
selection of Zwei Orchesterstücke for the Saarbrücker Komponistenwerkstatt
Award Winner in the international Günter Bialas Composing Competition for Chamber Music 1997 in Munich with Nachtlied
Special Prize in the Hochschulwettbewerb für Komposition 1997 for breathe
1st Prize in the Armin Knab Composing Competition 1997
1st Prize in the Forum OST-WEST Composing Competition 1996 in Bergisch Gladbach for Klaviertrio
3rd Prize in the Composing Competition of the Paul Woitschach Foundation 1994 for Klavierstück I
3rd Prize in the Armin Knab Composing Competition 1993