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He was first instructed by his father and Walther R. Schuster (Passau) in organ and music theory. Afterwards he studied organ with Michael Radulescu (Vienna), Daniel Roth (Paris) and Bernhard Haas (Stuttgart). He studied composition with Dietmar Schermann and Erich Urbanner at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, as well as electronic music and music technology at the Studio for Advanced Music & Media Technology with Karlheinz Essl in Linz. From 1999 to 2005 he was organist and composer at the cathedral of St. Pölten. He is internationally active not only as a performer but also as a teacher in workshops and masterclasses. He has played with numerous renowned orchestras and ensembles as the Wiener Symphoniker, the Camerata Salzburg, the Berliner Symphoniker, the Orchestra of Birmingham, the Hamburger Symphoniker, the RSO Wien, the ensemble “Die Reihe” and the Arnold Schönberg Choir and has worked with conductors such as Sir Simon Rattle, Michael Schønwandt, Erwin Ortner and Ton Koopmann. Since 2005 he is Professor for Organ and Improvisation at the Academy of Music in Lübeck. His compositions include chamber music, music for organ, choir and electronic, music for theater pieces, silent films and a passion. Among his projects were performances with music for silent films in Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Leipzig, Barcelona, Porto and Tokyo in various instrumentations, crossover-projects with the vocalist Lauren Newton, the projects “bux21” on themes by Dietrich Buxtehude with the saxophonist Bernd Ruf and “Mozart deconstructed” with the composer Karlheinz Essl, an improvisation project with the cellist Dave Eggar (New York) via the internet, performances of his works in the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the “Filmmusiktage” in Halle, compositions for the International Buxtehude Organ Competition as well as a performance for Orchestra, live-electronics and voice with the conductor Martin Haselböck and the Hollywood actor John Malkovich.

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