About Michael Schneider

Michael Schneider considers himself a musician in a broad sense:

his activities as conductor, soloist, scholar, author ans teacher are overlapping and influencing each other.

The flutist

After finishing his studies in Cologne and Amsterdam and after winning a prize at the prestigious International music competition of the ARD Munich Michael Schneider became immediately well known as one of the internationally leading recorder-soloists. His preceding flute-studies he continued by performing on the baroque transverse flute.
1980 he was called as professor for recorder at the former HdK Berlin (now UdK) . 1983 he moved to Frankfurt for a new position at the HfMDK as professor for Recorder and Performance Practice.
In 1979 he had founded with friends the chamber music group CAMERATA KÖLN. As virtuosic soloist and chamber musician he has toured extensively since then and recorded more than 50 Cds. His repertoire reaches form the 16th. up to the 20th. and 21th. centuries.

1973 to 1978

Studied recorder and modern flute (with Prof. Günther Höller) at the Cologne Musikhochschule

Private studies with Walter van Hauwe (Amsterdam)


Prize winner at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich as recorder player


Foundation of the chamber ensemble CAMERATA KÖLN

First recordings as a soloist with the complete sonatas of Telemann and Händel for the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi label

Beginning of international acitivities as a soloist and chamber musician


Appointment as professor at the former "Hochschule der Künste" (now "Universität der Künste") Berlin


Change to the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt/M. as professor for recorder and head of the Department of Early Music

until today

Recordings of nearly the complete baroque recorder repertoire including three versions of the complete recorder concertos by Antonio Vivaldi (1980, 1990, 2009), the complete concertos and sonatas by Georg Philipp Telemann, the Brandenburg Concertos by Johann Sebastian Bach (with "Musica Antiqua Cologne"), a box of 8 CDs with an anthology of baroque recorder music plus one of 6 CDs with baroque recorder concerti

Labels: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, cpo, Delta Capriccio, DGG-Archiv


Telemann Award of the City of Magdeburg

Premieres of works by Kazimierz Serocki ("Arrangements"1978) and Gerhard Müller-Hornbach ("Sisyphos" 2005)

Contemporary Music

Karlheinz Stockhausen's „Tierkreis“ (Zodiac) (own arrangements for different chamber ensembles)

Numerous masterclasses all over the world: Stockholm, Jerusalem, Stuttgart, Paris, USA, Canada, China, Taiwan and Korea