Hermann Sulzberger
Nickname: Hesul

Photographer: Maruschka GesmbH ©

Sulzberger Hermann


# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category Sheet Music Shop
1 Vater unser - for four part mixed choir 2008 ~ 7m
2 Trio - für drei Violoncelli (zweite, gültige Fassung) 1999 ~ 7m
3 Eine kleine Küchenmusik - Rondo für Kammerensemble, Küchengeschirr und Schlaginstrumente - einschließlich dem Gedicht "Lied ohne Titel" von Jutta Schrutz 1996 ~ 8m
4 Albumblatt für Verena - für Klavier 1991 ~ 2m
5 Hymnus - nach Psalmentexten für Chor, Orgel und Kammerorchester 1989
6 Klangmixturen - für achtstimmigen Knabenchor 1989 ~ 5m
7 Präludium, Fuge und Phantasie - über eine aus einem Thema Johann Sebastian Bachs zusammengestellte Reihe für Gitarre 1988 - 1989 ~ 7m
8 De colores - für Orgel (im liturgischen Gebrauch) 1988 3m - 7m
9 Streichsextett 1987 - 1988 ~ 17m
10 Kleine Partita über "Es ist genug" - für Orgel 1986 ~ 5m
11 Trio - für drei Violoncelli 1986 ~ 6m
12 Etüde - for Violoncello 1985 ~ 4m
13 Concertino - für Violoncello und Orchester 1985 - 1986 ~ 11m
14 Fünf Lieder - nach Gedichten von Heidrun Kowarik-Schöbitz für Mezzosopran und Kammerensemble 1984 ~ 15m
15 Symphonische Skizzen - für großes Orchester 1983
16 Stück - für Schlagwerk 1983
17 Volksliedsätze - nach Liedern aus fünf Jahrhunderten für zwei Violinen und Violoncello 1983 ~ 15m
18 Ein Weihnachtslied - nach dem Gedicht von Christian Morgenstern für gemischten Chor 1982 - 1984 ~ 3m
19 Stück - für sieben Blechbläser 1981
20 Toccata - für Blechbläserquintett 1981 - 1982

General Information

Year of Birth:  1957
Date of Birth:  12. June 1957
Place of Birth:  Vienna
Country of Birth: 

Hermann Sulzberger was born in Vienna to parents from the Lower Austrian Weinviertel. After finishing his compulsory schooling in Vienna he first graduated in a teaching profession (industrial clerk), and in 1973 he had his first music lesson (concert guitar, treble recorder, music theory). He then immediately went on to study at the Viennese Music Academy and the Diocesan Conservatory, where he completed studies in music theory and composition, church music (C examination), training for media composition, recording studio technology and cultural management, as well as a second teaching profession (music dealer). Since he received his Masters of Arts (1987), the freelance and frequently rewarded composer has worked for clients such as the Alban Berg Foundation (on the occasion of Alban Berg's 100th birthday) or the City of Vienna. His musical career is tightly knit with his preoccupation with religious themes. Since 1992 he has mainly worked in music theory/library sciences as a literary estate and data base editor ("Nachlaß- und Autographenkatalog") of the music collection of the Austrian National Library. Since 1996 he has dedicated himself regularly to receiving further education in computing, which has enabled him to print and publish his own works since 1999, among other things.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1972 - 1975

Berufsschule für Industriekaufleute: industrial clerk

1978 - 1980

media composition course

1979 - 1982

audio engineering course


completion of media composition training

1980 - 1986

music theory / composition

1980 - 1986

music theory / composition

1981 - 1987

church music C-examination


completion of audio engineering course

1982 - 1985

cultural management course

1986 - 1987

additional diploma studies in musicology, Master of Arts


supplementary examination as musical instruments dealer

musical and spiritual further training seminars

Webdesign and Java Script and general computing studies



ever since freelance composer

1990 - 1994

TB-Delegierter for "E-Musik"

1992 - 2016

scientific editor of predominantly contemporary manuscripts


ever since board member for the composition section

journalistic activities

private lessons (music theory and piano)

Project "ASVG-Sozialversicherung für freiberufliche Musikschaffende"

Performances (Selection)


various performances in Austria, Germany, Finland, USA (Massachusetts) and Japan

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

on the occasion of Alban Berg's 100th birthday


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

promotional award for


recognition award for music


promotional award (music)


2. International Competition in compositions for guitar Berlin: selection in the group of the six best participants for

scholarship for especially gifted students

Europe scholarship

Description of Style

I am reluctant to describe music in words. This is probably because these "ordered wavelengths" of the west live so close together. My style of composition can be called free tonal (a change of opinion is possible, but is not to be expected).

Hermann Sulzberger, 1994

Press Reviews


[...] HERMANN SULZBERGER was born in Vienna in 1957, studied [...] Christoph Stradner interpreted Sulzberger's sensibly coloured Concertino op. 6 for cello and orchestra with a markedly beautiful sound, very passionately and with very sure and striking rhythmic solos. [...]

Österreichische Musik-Zeischrift (U.-D. Soyka)


HERMANN SULZBERGER, freelance composer, who has been repeatedly rewarded for his music, has been working for the past two years mainly with the contemporary manuscripts of the music collection at the Austrian National Library. In October the string sextet op. 12 will be performed within the context of an exchange concert of the Vienna Music Academy with the Finnish Sibelius Academy on the occasion of Alban Berg's 100th birthday. The 36 year old composer was very involved in the realisation of this event.

Bezirkszeitung - Stadt Journal

29. August 1991

[...] A consistently solid work is however the Concertino for cello and orchestra op. 6 by Hermann Sulzberger. In the first movement, which appears as an accompanied, extended cadence, the cellist can show his technique. The slow second movement reveals a cantabile meditative music of great intensity, and the finale punches with rhythmic virtuosity as a follow-up of Gottfried von Einem, and the finish reminds one of the quieter parts. Extended tonal harmonics blend with original and elegant melodies in this dazzling piece. And soloist Rudolf Leopold had sufficient opportunity to show off his amazing abilities with the cello. [...]

Wiener Zeitung (E. Baumgartner)


[...] The evening began with an introduction by graduate engineer Geyer from Musikalische Jugend, with the Trio for three cellos op. 11 by Hermann Sulzberger (performers: Rudolf Leopold, Edda Breit, Ursula Hielscher), an opening piece in three parts (Intrada I, Air, Intrada II), which is stylistically oriented towards old forms as well as benchmarks of expressiveness and the appropriately deployed cellos allowed to perform in a two-fold manner: on the one hand, in the original form of 'concertare' equally prominent instruments, and on the other, in a new sense as a confrontation of a cantabile of solo instruments with accompaniment by other instruments. [...]

Österreichische Musik-Zeischrift (Ingrid Fuchs)

7. December 1988

JUNGE KOMPONISTEN [/]Musikalische Jugend, the Austrian Composers' Association and Alte Schmiede staged a cycle of 'young Austrian Composers' from December 1988 and June 1989, in which a total of 17 composers expressed themselves through words and music. The moderator in all four events is Gerhard Track. The cycle is to start today, 7 December, at Alten Schmiede with a small cello contest ('Cellolites') between Hermann Sulzberger with his 'Intrada für drei Violoncelli' and Rudolf Hinterdorfer, who has chosen a cello sonata. [...]

Arbeiter-Zeitung / Tagblatt

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