Markus SchönewolfComposer


Markus Schönewolf is a freelance composer.

Performers such as Andreas Mildner (WDR), Alja Velkaverh (Gürzenich Orchestra), the Boreas Quartet Bremen, Jie Zhou, soloists of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the Trio Mallarmé play his music.

His music is characterized by great ease and virtuoso joy of playing as well as spiritual and emotional depth in equal measure. The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger speaks of an “almost magical experience”, in+um Düsseldorf refers to the effect of the music as “filling space and soul”. With his music, new instrument developments were presented to the general public for the first time and cultural sites were inaugurated.

He is a guest at international music festivals and regularly works on large commissioned compositions.

Works for the newly developed viola campanula, a concerto for recorder and baroque ensemble as well as a song cycle for baritone and orchestra are currently being written. Several CD productions are currently in preparation.

Markus Schönewolf studied Composition, Music Theory and Aural Training (Friedrich Jaecker, Thomas Daniel, Wolfram Breuer) as well as Piano (Pi-Hsien Chen, Michael Endres) and School Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne University of Music and Dance).

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Press quotes

“A piece full of lyrical, spherical and spiritual sounds.”

“An almost magical experience.”

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger

“The first performance of the five-movement composition ‘Glockenblumengesänge’ sounded, filling space and soul.”

H. Frankenberg, in+um Düsseldorf

“Schönewolf’s music is gripping, full of transfigurations in the interplay of sounding, redeeming, floating poetic-musical visions, a mystery of form-forming forces. One hears, one experiences the pure, this dimension of beauty that always enchants us.”

H. O. Horst

“An enormous emotional and spiritual complexity of the performance.”

“With their musical art cycle ‘Songs in Pictures’ [the painter and composer] make the impossible possible.”


“His music sounds poetic, like a poem written in fictitious landscapes.”

Kölnische Rundschau

“In the end beauty remains.”