"Silent movies never were silent ...

The man at the piano, the violinist, the sound maker at the percussion, the salon orchestra and the symphony orchestra: then as today, it was their job to give to the silent pictures an audible expression - preferably LIVE!"   Günter A. Buchwald

Since more than 40 years, Günter A. Buchwald is committing himself to this creative interplay as improvising soloist, conductor and composer. Thus, he became one of the pioneers of this genre and especially of the renaissance of silent movie concerts.
Since the late 70s, Buchwald has performed - based on his wide ranged repertoire - more than 2900 film concerts, conducting orchestras (Freiburger Philharmoniker, Bristol Ensemble, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Basler und Zuger Sinfonietta e.a.) or chamber music groups (Giora Feidman & Arditti String Quartet, Jazzguitarrist Philippe Cathérine, New York based violist Martha Moog, Prima Vista Social Club e.a.) or improvising at the piano, with violin, viola and orgue.
The ”Freiburger Filmharmoniker” he founded in 1992 and conducts since then, and his quartett ”Silent Movie Music Company” belong to the internationally most renowed ensembles for silent movie music.
He is the director of the
Bristol Music Silents and permanent guest conductor of the Freiburg Philh. Orchestra for film concerts. He's a is a regular guest of numerous international Film Festivals, such as the Berlinale, Bonn, Bristol, Bologna, Pordenone, Zürich, Nottingham, New York, Seattle, Tokyo, Kyoto, Belgrad, Rom.

Buchwald's repertoire of more than 2800 silent movies includes the canon of great silent movie classics: aside films by Murnau, Lang, Lubitsch and Pabst, also Sergej Eisenstein, René Clair, Buster Keaton and Chalie Chaplin, as well as silent movies from Hollywood, Italy, France and especially Japan.
He's considered a subtle interpreter of original film music by Chaplin such as "City Lights" and "The Circus".
Since he can count on his scene-precise knowledge of most of the silent movies still screened, his varied musical repertoire from Baroque through Avantgarde to Jazz and Pop and his stilistically confident talent for improvisation, his film concerts are not only based on the original soundtracks or his own compositions, but often upon his spontaneous improvised solo accompaniment at the piano, with violin, viola or orgue.

Aside the reconstruction of lost or incomplete original sound tracks, such as the score for "Battleship POTEMKIN" originally composed by Nicolai Krijukov, Buchwald has composed several new original musics.

With the premier of his
first original soundtrack commissioned by the Goethe Institute Tokyo for the Japa
nese silent Movie ”Sumiko” Buchwald opened the International Filmfestival in Kyoto and Tokyo in 1997. This first succes was followed by 3 classical short movies (René Clair, Jean Vido, Moholy-Nagy) premiered at the Roma Aeterna festival in 2002, Murnau's ”FAUST”, premiered with great acclaim at the Tokyo Film festival, and in 1995a new symphonic music for "Nosferatu" with the Freiburg Philharmonics.
In 2017, his new soundtrack for "The Wind", a Hollywood production featuring Lilian Gish in the leading role, was premiered at the Festival of Cividale del Friuli and at the Silent Movie Festival in Pordenone.
Buchwald's next projects, a new music for a restored and completed version of the spectacular, but long tome lost franco-russian production "Casanova" from 1927, is programmed to be premiered in 2019 and shall set to music a DVD the Cinemathèque Francaise will produce.
Likewise, he has been commissioned by the Seattle Film Festical to write a new music for the Austrian silent Movie "Die Stadt ohne Juden" (The town without Jews) which is going to be premiered in April 2019.

Buchwald is a laureate of the Prix Européen and the Freiburg Cultural award.
He's teaching at the
Freiburg Conservatory and guest lecturer for film musicat the Universities of Zurich and Freiburg.