Ulrich Schultheiss



musik für gesang,
ensembles, orchester,
kompositionen &
arrangements für film, video, kabarett, theater
und performance

music for vocals,
solo instruments,
ensembles, orchestra,
compositions & arrangements for film
and video, cabaret, theatre and performances

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  • Vita [English]

    Ulrich Schultheiss was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1956. He took piano lessons from the age of four and later studied violoncello and violin. At seven he appeared for the first time in public concerts. In 1967 Ulrich Schultheiss became an under-age student at the Nuremberg Conservatory, where he studied piano with Prof. Erich Appel. He won several prizes in Germany’s “Jugend musiziert” competition, including a nationwide award in 1970. In 1977 he moved to Italy and began to study human medicine in Ferrara.

    From 1978 to 1987 Schultheiss was enrolled at the Musikhochschule in Wuerzburg, where his teachers included Julian von Károlyi (piano) and Bertold Hummel (master class in composition). He also took private lessons in composition from Róbert Wittinger. In 1984 he spent a study year in Paris in the Cité Internationale des Arts.
    Since 1985 Schultheiss has taught at various musical institutions, including the conservatories in Wuerzburg and Munich (music theory) and the Hochschule der Kuenste in Berlin (stage music production). In 1989 he became a full-time staff member for music theory at the Hochschule fuer Musik Wuerzburg. From 2000 to 2002 Schultheiss together with Professor Dr. Christoph Wuensch leads the Wuerzburg “studio fuer neue musik”. Since 2002 he is professor at the Musikhochschule Muenster.

    Schultheiss performs his own works in public both in Germany and abroad and has taken part in many radio recordings. Besides his interest in contemporary art music, his work focuses on the composition, arrangement, production and performance of largely jazz-influenced music. He has also written, arranged and performed much incidental music for the theater and cabaret.

    Prizes and Awards:

    1984 Prize at the European Composers’ Competition for Orchestral Music in conjunction with the European Council
    1984 Scholarship from the state of Bavaria to stay at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris
    1985 First prize from the GEMA Composers’ Competition for Orchestral Music to celebrate the European Year of Music
    1985 First prize from the GEMA Composers’ Competition for Choral Music
    1985 Grant-in-aid from the city of Wuerzburg
    1986 Bavarian State Prize for Young Artists
    1987 Richard-Wagner Scholarship
    1994 Rhineland Palatinate scholarship (Edenkoben artists’ retreat)
    2000 2nd prize SibeliusMusic (UK) for the film music “witch hunt”
    2006 Finalist International Saxchoir Composition Competition Birmingham (UK)
    2006 Finalist Concours international de composition pour orchestre d’harmonie (F)

  • Vita [Italiano]
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