Michael Aschauer

Michael Aschauer Una Stade

Helbling Verlag

Born 1977 in Vienna, raised in Upper Austria and in Styria; initial musical education at the School of Music in Steyr, Austria; 1993–1996: Piano tuition under Professor Nikolaus Wiplinger at the then Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, and 1997–2002 at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory in Graz under Professors Walter Koch and Christian Aigner; several years as a teacher for piano; 1998: Creation of the duo saite an saite together with Marion Schörkl (mandolin), several public concerts.
1996–2001: Degree studies in Musicology and German language and literature at the Karl Franzens University of Graz (KFUG) and, in addition, courses in Harmony and Counterpoint at Graz University of Music and Dramatic Arts. 2003: Award of a doctorate in Musicology.
External lecturer for Compositional Technique, Musical Analysis and for Historical Musicology at the Institute of Musicology of the KFUG (2003–2006, 2008, summer term in each case) as well as for Basso continuo, Music editing and Counterpoint at the Institute of Musicology of the Leopold Franzens University of Innsbruck (since 2013, summer term). Since September 2003: editor for the publishing company Helbling (music department), furthermore editor of critical first editions (2013 German music editing prize “Best Edition” for the first editions of selected part songs for male voices by Anselm Hüttenbrenner) as well as of large-scale choral collections (e.g. Choir Book ROMANTIK a cappella in two volumes, together with Jan Schumacher), author of academic articles and papers on music, encyclopaedia entries and texts for concert programs; talks, guest speaker in Ö1 (Austrian broadcasting).

His compositions include sacred and secular choral music (published by Helbling), lieder, piano music and chamber music. Numerous works have seen successful performances in Europe and beyond: For example, his Missa anima integra, for example, was performed in Namibia on 31 August 2014, as part of the service celebrating the diamond jubilee of the Kantorei Swakopmund. On 30 December 2016, in the “Echoes of the Season” concert, Beena David & friends gave a performance of his a-cappella arrangement of the Bach/Gounod setting of Ave Maria in the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. And on 7 May 2017, his Murauer Festmesse (Murau Celebratory Mass) could be heard at the festival of the Deanery of Raron-St. German in Switzerland, where it was sung by more than ten choirs simultaneously, involving a total of 360 singers.
Michael Aschauer is a regular guest at first performances of his works at a range festivals and events, among them, the “Murau International Music Festival” directed by the Canadian conductor Zane Zalis (2015 and 2013), and “BeispielsWeisen – New choral music from Upper Austria” (again 2015 and 2013). In the 2010 competition for composers at the “2nd Upper Valais International Alpine Choir Festival” in Brig, Switzerland, his choral piece Le clocher chante (The church tower sings) was awarded with the 1st prize and first performed by the European Chamber Choir of Cologne.
The “Vienna Chamber Choir” recorded several of his choral compositions and choral arrangements on CD: CDs Newborn Jesus (2013), O crux (2014), 1900 – Choral Music between Romanticism and the Modern Era (2017). Further interprets of his works are amongst others: “Chamber choir CONSTANT of Cologne”, chamber choir “Collegium Vocale” (Linz), „Union Choir Lambach“ (Upper Austria), chamber choir “Vocale Neuburg” (Vorarlberg), many church choirs in the whole German-speaking part, Caroline Jahns (soprano), Christoph Murke (baritone), Wolfgang Riegler-Sontacchi (organ), Marion Schörkl and Tanja Pirc (mandolin).

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