The pianist, violonist, conductor and
composer Günter Buchwald is one of the pioneers of the renaissance
silent movie music and one of the most experienced practitioners in the
He has accompanied
silent films for over 25 years in more than 2900 film concerts
repertoire of more
He is director of the Silent Movie
Music Company and conducts the Freiburg
Filmharmonic Orchestra, which
he founded in1992.
His wide experience in music from Baroque to Jazz
allows him a huge stylistic variety in musical improvisation.
1984 he has appeared regularly at film festivals in Berlin, Bonn,
Pordenone, Zurigo (and others) and special events in New York, Tokyo,
Paris, Tel Aviv and Munich.
In 1992 Buchwald started a second career as conductor of
music as well as film music and has worked with the Tokyo
Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony
Orchestra Freiburg, Zuger Sinfonietta
and the Iceland
Particularly renowned for his work with Paul Wegner's classic film The
Golem, (1920) he has worked in collaboration with
Giora Feidman and the Arditti String Quartett, with whom
the premiere at the Vienna Silent Film Festival in 1997. He since
worked worldwide with many different musicians for live performances of
In 1998 he restored the music for Eisenstein's classic film, Battleship
Potemkin, (1925) originally composed by Nicolai Krijukov in 1950
performed at its premiere.
the music for the Japanese silent
classic Nani ga konojo o
so saseta ka (1930) which was restored in 1996 and had a hugely
successful premiere at the opening
gala of the Tokyo Film Festival
His compositions for ”Paris
qui dort”, ”A Propos de Nice”
and ”City Gypsies” premiered
in Rome within the scope of the RomaEuropa-Festivals
2002 Musica XXI.
For the Swiss-French silent film La Vocation
d'André Carel he
wrote a score for chamber orchestra, which premiered on ARTE in May
For the silent movie "Faust" by
famous German director Murnau,
he composed an original soundtrack for choir and quattuor which he
permiered with great acclaim 1999 at the Tokyo festival..
2015, his symphonic soundtrack for Murnau's "Nosferatu" was
premiered by Freiburger
his baton and received with standing ovation.
Günter A. Buchwald is laureate of the Prix Européens
of the foundation Regiostiftung Oberrhein (1995) and of the Int.
He teaches musical education at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and gives
guest lectures on film music at the universities of Zurich and Freiburg.