Siegfried SteinkoglerSiegfried Steinkogler


Siegfried Steinkogler, composer and guitarist. Born in in Bad Ischl, Upper Austria. He studied at the Mozarteum Academy Salzburg guitar with Barna Kováts, Elliot Fisk, and Joaquin Clerch, as well as composition with Reinhard Febel and Gerhard Wimberger, and at the Real Conservatorio de Musica de Madrid (diploma with distinction). He attended master courses with Alvaro Pierri, Aldo Minella, Leo Brouwer, and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

His work encompasses mainly orchestral works, vocal and chamber music with own lyrics, as well as music for guitar and harmonica. He wrote contract compositions for the Land Salzburg, the ORF (“Inconcertiamento”, 2002), and the city of Oberndorf.

Project "Die Neue Mundharmonika" ("The new mouth-organ") in order to create a contemporary repertoire for harmonica; in 1996, foundation of the duo Painted Harmony (harmonica and guitar), two CD-productions and performances in Düsseldorf, Trossingen, Leipzig, Linz/Brucknerhaus, Salzburg/"ASPEKTE Salzburg" et al. Tour across Norway with a solo program "Gitarrenmusik aus Österreich" ("Guitar music from Austria"). In 2002, foundation of the Ensemble str|ng plus (tour across Italy in 2004). In 2003, artistic direction of the "salzkammergut str|ng festival".

Pedagogic work: master course (guitar) at the conservatory Trondheim, Norway (2002); lecturer at the 2nd Int. Guitar festival Bad Reichenhall, Germany, (1995); presentation of own educational works at Schloss Weinberg and at the Salzburger Musikschulwerk. He is teaching at the musikum salzburg.

Meine Musik ist vielfach von einer außermusikalischen Idee beeinflusst. Oft ist diese "Idee" mir aber nur Mittel zum Zweck beim Schaffensprozess und tritt im Endeffekt in der Komposition nur marginal zu Tage. Stilistisch gesehen ist dabei die Mikrotonalität ein tragender Faktor

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  • 1988Prize for “Duo for flute and guitar” at the 1st Int. Compositional Competition Berlin
  • 1997First prize at the Int. Compositional Competition Passau for “Kapriolen” for guitar solo
  • 1998Prize money for talent promotion of Upper Austria in the category music/composition
  • 2001State scholarship of the Republic of Austria
  • 2002Appreciation Award of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture
  • 2004Award winner of the Compositional competition for "Bergmesse", Salzburg, Austria
  • 2007Anton-Bruckner Fellowship of Upper Austria for the opera “Blodeuwedd - Ein Blütenzauber”



  • Siegfried Steinkogler: 24 Wettbewerbsstücke / 24 Competition Pieces. Universal Edition Wien, UE 33667 .
  • --: Igel Gigels Gitarrenabenteuer. Vol. 1 and 2, Universal Edition Wien, UE 35698 and UE 35699 , .
  • --: Barna Kováts´ Kunst der Miniatur. Neue Musik auch für Studienanfänger. Phoibos 2/2009.
  • --: Symphonie für 2 Gitarren. Edition Modern Musik und Bühnenverlag Hans Wewerka, München .
  • --: Meditation für Gitarre. Edition Modern Musik und Bühnenverlag Hans Wewerka, München .
  • --: Sonata for Guitar. Edition Modern Musik und Bühnenverlag Hans Wewerka, München .
  • --: Käpt'n Steinkogler's Buch für die Seefahrt. Educational work for guitar solo. Joachim Trekel Verlag, Hamburg .
  • --: Solo-Album for unaccompanied harmonica. Vol. 1-3, Editionsreihe ÖVEM, .
  • Richard Martin (ed.): Chats from the Composer's Workshop I + II. In: Harmonica Educator. 3-2003 + 1-2004, Ohio, USA (2 articles about the compositions for harmonica by Siegfried Steinkogler).