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Schneider Urs

(16. 05. 1939)

Schneider Urs
Schneider Urs
Gatterstr. 1 b
CH-9010 St. Gallen
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)71 222 39 80
Fax: +41 (0)71 222 38 89


Biography
Urs Schneider was born in St Gallen and began his violin studies at the age of six, graduating in 1961 from Zurich Conservatory. He studied conducting under Rafael Kubelik in Lucerne, Igor Markevitch in Madrid and Otto Klemperer in Zurich and London. At the age of fifteen he founded his own orchestra: the Pro Musica Orchestra with some seventy members. In 1962 he founded the East Switzerland Chamber Orchestra and then the Camerata Helvetica. He was principal conductor of the Shreveport Opera and Symphony Society (USA), the Camerata Stuttgart, Camerata Academica Salzburg (as the unanimously voted successor of Bernhard Paumgartner), the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Soloists and the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra. For many years now Urs Schneider has been a jury member of the 'Concours International des Jeunes Chefs d'Orchestre' of the Bançon Festival, the Constantin Silvestri International Conducting Contest in Bucharest, and of competitions held in Israel, Taiwan and New York. In the year 2000 he was president of the jury for the 'Grand Prix Eurovision des Jeunes Musiciens'.
In 1962 he began his international career with four concerts in America, since then he has conducted more than 170 leading orchestras for operas and concerts in the whole of Europe, in America, South America, South Africa, Australia and the Far East. He has performed on 60 LP recordings and CDs including almost the whole orchestral works of Joachim Raff.


Repertory
Robert Abraham: Alphornkonzert
Volkmar Andreae: Music for Orchestra No. 1, op. 35 for orchestra (4(picfl).2.ca.3.2.cbn/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/pf/str)
Conrad Beck: Concertino for piano and orchestra
Ernest Bloch: Schelomo for violoncello and orchestra (3,3,3,3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp, perc, hrps(2), cel - str)
Ernest Bloch: Sinfonia Breve for orchestra (3,3,3,3 - 4,3,3,1 - timp, perc, hrp - str)
Robert Blum: Sinfonie Nr. 5
Robert Blum: Sinfonie Nr. 3
Robert Blum: Toccata, Fantasie und Fuge für Orchester
Fritz Brun: Second Symphony, B Major for large orchestra (picfl.2.2.2.2.cbn/4.2.3.1/timp/str)
Willy Burkhard: Concertino, op. 60 for violoncello and string orchestra
Willy Burkhard: Sinfonie für Orchester, op. 21 (2.2.ca.bcl.1/0.3.3.1/timp.perc/str)
Claudio Cavadini: Anima Ticinesis für Orchester
Claudio Cavadini: Triptico Sinfonico
Klaus Cornell: Divertissement für Orchester
Jean Daetwyler: Violinkonzert
Jean Daetwyler: Gloria für Soli, Chor und Orchester
Jean Daetwyler: Alphornkonzert Nr. 2
Jean Daetwyler: Dialogue avec la Nature für Alphorn, Flöte und Orchester
Jean Daetwyler: Fresque Helvetique für Orchester
Jean Daetwyler: Dance Masks - Death Dance für Orchester
Peter Fels: Orchestersuite
Daniel Glaus: Florestan und Eusebius for 2 orchestras (1: 2tpt.btpt.2hn.3tbn/3perc; 2: 2.1.2.2/0.0.0.0/str) and solo group (fl(pic).ob.cl/tpt/vn)
Arthur Honegger: Jeanne d'Arc au Bûcher, H. 99 for speaking roles and voices, mixed choir (SATB), children's choir and orchestra (2(pic).2.3.(cl-e, bcl).4(cbn).3sx/0.4.4.0/timp.tam.cym.sidedm.dm.bassdm/cel.pf.ondesMartinot/str)
Arthur Honegger: Pastoral d'été, H. 31 for orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/str)
Arthur Honegger: Pacific 2.3.1, H. 53 for orchestra (3(pic).3(ca).3(bcl).3(cbn)/4.3.3.1/tam.cym.fielddm.bassdm/str)
Arthur Honegger: Symphony N° 2 in D, H. 153 for string orchestra (and trumpet ad lib.)
Arthur Honegger: Symphony N° 3, H. 186 for orchestra (3(pic).2.ca.2.bcl.2.cbn/4.3.3.1/timp.perc(tam.cym.fielddm.bassdm)/pf/str)
Alfred Keller: Passacaglia, op. 26 for string orchestra
Rudolf Kelterborn: Phantasmen for large orchestra (pic.2.3.ca.3(3bcl).2.cbn/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/hp/str)
Rudolf Kelterborn: Metamorphosen for large orchestra (3(3.pic).2.2.2.cbn/3.3.3.1/timp.3perc/hp/str)
Rudolf Kelterborn: Musica luminosa for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/timp.1perc/8.6.5.4.3)
Ernst Klug: Festliche Musik für Orchester
Rolf Liebermann: Furioso für Orchester
Rolf Liebermann: Suite über Schweizer Volkslieder für Orchester
Frank Martin: Symphony for large orchestra (3(2pic).0.3.3sx.cbn/0.3.3.1/timp.5perc/cel.2pf/str)
Frank Martin: Le vin herbé for twelve solo voices, 2vn, 2ca, 2vc, db, pf
Frank Martin: Little Concertante Symphony for harp, piano and two string orchestras
Frank Martin: Ballad for alto saxophone and string orchestra, timp, perc and piano
Frank Martin: Pavane couleur du temps for small orchestra (1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/timp/hp/str)
Frank Martin: Passacaglia for orchestra (3(pic).3(obdam&ca).2(bthn).3/4.2.3.1/timp/str)
Peter Mieg: Concerto da Camera for strings, piano and timpani
Remigio Nussio: Passacaglia für Orchester
Remigio Nussio: Missa Poschiavina
Renzo Rota: Adagi II für Orchester
Armin Schibler: Elegie für Flöte, Cello und Orchester
Armin Schibler: Concerto breve
Armin Schibler: Ballade, op. 78 für Orchester
Franz Xaver Schnyder von Wartensee: Symphony No. 3, B Major for large orchestra (picfl.2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/timp.2perc/str)
Othmar Schoeck: Concert (Quasi una Fantasia) B Major, op. 21 for violin and orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/timp/str)
Othmar Schoeck: Concert, op. 65 for horn and string orchestra
Othmar Schoeck: Don Ranudo, op. 27 for voices and orchestra (2(picfl).2.2.bcl.2/4.3.3.btbn/timp.tri.cym.smalldm.tamb.bdm/hp/str)
Othmar Schoeck: Serenade , op. 1 for small orchestra (1.1.1.1(ad lib. 2.bn)/1.0.0.0/ad lib. 2timp/str)
Othmar Schoeck: Festlicher Hymnus, op. 64 for orchestra (picfl.2.2.2.2.cbn/4.3.3.btba/timp.tri.cym.bdm/str)
Carlo Florindo Semini: Mosaici di Piazza Armerina for quintet (flute, english horn, bassoon, harpsichord, violine)
Ulrich Stranz: Sieben Feld-, Wald- und Wiesenstücke for twelve strings (7vn, 2va, 2vc, db)
Franz Tischhauser: Seldwyliana für Orchester
Franz Tischhauser: 4 Kontretänze für 2 Orchester
Franz Tischhauser: Omaggi a Mälzel für Orchester
Wladimir Vogel: Tripartita, VWV 111 for orchestra (3.2.3.3/4.2.3.1/timp.perc/str)
Wladimir Vogel: Abschied, VWV 1 for string orchestra
Roger Vuataz: Suite Nr. 2 für Orchester
Martin Wendel: Konzert für Violine, Klavier und Streicher, op. 9 for solo violin, solo piano and multi-instrumentated string orchestra
Julien-François Zbinden: Haïfa, op. 70 for symphonic orchestra (2.2.2.2/4.3.3.1/timp/2pf.hp/str)
Julien-François Zbinden: Jubilate, op. 63 for solists (SATB), mixed choir and orchestra (0.2.0.0/0.2.0.0/timp/str) 2hn and 3tbn ad lib.
Julien-François Zbinden: Concerto da camera, op. 16 for piano and string orchestra
Julien-François Zbinden: Symphonie No. 2, op. 26 for large orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/timp.3perc/pf/str)
Julien-François Zbinden: Lémanic 70, op. 48 for large orchestra (3.3.3.3/4.4.3.1/tomp/2pf/2hp/str)