Markus Schönewolf is a freelance composer.
Outstanding soloists, numerous chamber music ensembles and orchestras interpret Schönewolf’s music.
Schönewolf is a guest at numerous music festivals, and he works on major commissioned compositions from Germany and abroad. His music has been used to present new developments in instruments to the general public, to open music festivals and to inaugurate cultural sites. Speakers such as the polymath and Goethe researcher Manfred Osten have refined performances of Schoenewolf’s works with extensive reviews of his works. The poet and essayist Hartmut Oliver Horst has dedicated poems to the composer and has commented on Schönewolf’s compositions in numerous essays.
His compositional style is characterized by great lightness and virtuoso joy of playing as well as spiritual and emotional depth. The press speaks of an “almost magical experience” and of the poetic quality of the music, as if it had been “written for fictitious landscapes”.
His works include solo pieces (violin, flute, organ, etc.), chamber and orchestral music as well as concerts. His “Songs in Pictures” for soprano and harp are characterized as “the probably most important cycle of harp songs”. Several CD productions are in preparation. A work for voice and orchestra is currently being produced.
Markus Schönewolf studied composition, piano, music theory, and aural training at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln and completed his studies with distinction.