"Silent movies never were silent ...
Since more than 40 years,
Günter A. Buchwald is committing himself to this creative
interplay as improvising soloist, conductor and
Thus, he became one of the pioneers of this genre and especially of the
renaissance of silent movie
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 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.
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.
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
Film Festivals, such as the Berlinale,
Bonn, Bristol, Bologna,
Nottingham, New York, Seattle, Tokyo, Kyoto, Belgrad, Rom.
of more than 2800
silent movies includes the canon of great silent movie classics:
aside films by Murnau,
and Pabst, also Sergej
Clair, Buster Keaton and
well as silent movies from Hollywood, Italy,
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
Avantgarde to Jazz and Pop and
stilistically confident talent for
improvisation, his film concerts are not only
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
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
by the Goethe Institute Tokyo for the Japanese 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”
with great acclaim
at the Tokyo Film festival, and a new symphonic music for "Nosferatu" premiered with the Freiburg
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 project, a new
music for a restored and completed version of the spectacular, but long
tome lost franco-russian
from 1927, is programmed to be premiered in 2018 and shall set to music a DVD the Cinemathèque
Francaise is planning to produce.
Buchwald is a laureate of the
Prix Européen and the Freiburg Cultural award. He's teaching at
guest lecturer for film musicat the Universities of Zurich and Freiburg.
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
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 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.