The pianist, violonist, conductor and composer Günter Buchwald is one of the pioneers of the renaissance of silent movie music and one of the most experienced practitioners in the world.

He has accompanied silent films for over 25 years in more than 2900 film concerts with a repertoire of more than 2600 titles.

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.
Since 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 classical music as well as film music and has worked with the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Filarmonica Banatul Timisoara, Philharmonic Orchestra Freiburg, Zuger Sinfonietta and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra.

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 he performed the premiere at the Vienna Silent Film Festival in 1997. He since worked worldwide with many different musicians for live performances of The Golem.

In 1998 he restored the music for Eisenstein's classic film, Battleship Potemkin, (1925) originally composed by Nicolai Krijukov in 1950 and performed at its premiere.

He composed 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 in 1997.
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 2005.
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 Philharmoniker under 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. Zeltmusikfestivals Freiburg (2000).

He teaches musical education at the Musikhochschule Freiburg and gives guest lectures on film music at the universities of Zurich and Freiburg.