Andreas Aigmüller
Instrument: drums, timpani

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Aigmüller Andreas


# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Im Wirkungskreis Sarastros 2005
2 Timpanissimo - concert for timpani and orchestra 2004 ~ 25m
3 Duett - for tuba and percussion 2003
4 Cadenza - for basset horn solo, taken from a theme for Mozart's clarinet concert 2001
5 Aqua-Tonie - Projekt Goldisthal - Der Mensch im Kräftespiel zwischen Natur und Technik 2001 ~ 20m
6 Sant Mat - ein Suchender zwischen den Welten 2000 ~ 17m
7 Eine kleine Blechmusik - variation for brass quintet from a theme of W.A. Mozart 2000 ~ 17m
8 Marimbach-Quartett - (Homage to Bach in Weimar) 2000 ~ 18m
9 Trio-Sono - for flute and two percussionists 1998 ~ 10m
10 Musik für Solo-Percussion II - rondo and tango for marimba solo 1998 ~ 12m
11 Häschen Hoppel (Bunny Tales) - dancical ballett for children 1997 ~ 1h
12 Il Tempo die Cambiamento - (Zeit der Veränderung) 1996 ~ 40m
13 Bassarimba - duet for marimba and double bass 1995
14 Konzert für Fagott und Orchester 1995 ~ 22m
15 Tangozolla - in memory of Astor Piazolla, quartet for two recorders, drums and guitar 1994
16 Concerto grosso - for violin solo and string orchestra 1993
17 Kleistiana - dance drama by Dietmar Seyffert 1993
18 Der eingebildete Kranke - theater music (Molière) 1993
19 Rhythm and Blues - version for mandolin, guitar and harp 1993
20 Allemande - German Blues for three bassoons, double bassoon and harp 1992
21 Rhythm and Blues - a journey for two harps 1992
22 Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder - theater music (B. Brecht) 1992
23 "Unsere bösen Kinder" - music for the documentary film 1992
24 Musik für Streichorchester - Gedanken, nicht nur über Mozart 1991
25 Pas de deux - duet for cello and double bass 1991 ~ 13m
26 Amadeus - music for the play by P. Schatter 1991
27 Schauspielmusik zu "Maria Stuart" von F. Schiller 1991
28 "Freundinnen der Revolution" - music for the documentary film 1991
29 "Trillertrine" - music for the film 1991
30 Leben des Galilei - music for the eponymous play by Bertolt Brecht 1990
31 Die Mauerbrockenbande - music for the ZDF production 1990
32 Zielscheibe Mann - ballett music 1990
33 Sechsachtel - ballett music 1990
34 Dialog - duet for mandolin and harp 1990
35 Dialog - adaptation for mandolin and guitar 1990
36 "Rückwärts laufen kann ich auch" - music for the drama 1990
37 Kammermusik VI - trio for tuba, drums and piano 1989
38 Fagottquartett 1989 ~ 12m
39 Ballade - for harp and bongos ad lib. 1988
40 Duett - for flute and harp 1988
41 Kammermusik V - octet for two oboes, two clarinets, two horns and two bassoons 1987
42 Der Eisenhans - film music for chamber orchestra 1987
43 Monolog - for flute 1987
44 Oblomow - opera in four acts 1986 - 1989
45 Junge Leute in der Stadt - film music for large orchestra 1985
46 Sechs Stücke für Percussion - for five to eight performers 1984
47 Don Quichotte - ballet in five scenes 1984
48 Kammermusik IV - octet for clarinet, bassoon, two violins, viola, cello and bass 1984
49 Musik für Solo-Percussion I 1984
50 Giuramento (Beschwörung) - music for large orchestra 1983 ~ 18m
51 Streichquartett 1982 ~ 14m
52 Kammermusik IIIb 1982 ~ 12m
53 Doppelkonzert - for percussion, piano and orchestra 1981 ~ 30m
54 Erinnerungen an einen Planeten 1981 ~ 20m
55 Prelude & Ballade - for bass clarinet solo 1980
56 Kammermusik II - Memento vitae - Gedenke des Lebens 1980
57 Kammermusik IIIa 1980 ~ 12m
58 Impromptus - for organ solo 1979
59 Ring frei - short ballett in three rounds 1979
60 Der Naumburger Meister - film music for large orchestra 1978
61 Free sound for two - for drums and piano 1978
62 Teotihuacan - for Aztec flute and two drums 1978
63 Eine kleine Suite - for drums and piano 1977
64 Dialog - for organ and percussion 1977
65 Kontraste für zwei Musiker - for drums and piano 1976
66 Kammermusik - for bassoon and string quintet 1976
67 Fantasie und Fuge - for violin and piano 1975
68 Kammermusik I - love song for voice and nine instruments 1975
69 Toccata - for four timpani and piano 1974 ~ 9m

General Information

Year of Birth:  1952
Date of Birth:  9. November 1952
Place of Birth:  Magdeburg
Country of Birth: 

Andreas Aigmüller was born in 1952 as the son of a musician in Magdeburg, which at the time was part of the German Democratic Republic. He studied timpani, drums and composing in Berlin. During his studies, he became very interested in jazz and collaborated with well-known jazz musicians. In the 1970s and 1980s Aigmüller worked as a solo timpanist at the Rostock Philharmonic Orchestra and at the "Staatskapelle Berlin" (orchestra of the Berlin State Opera). This was also the time when his works were first performed. Concert tours led him to several musical centres in Germany and abroad. He worked for two years at the Academy of Arts in the former German Democratic Republic and participated as a student in the master classes of Siegfried Matthus. In 1985 Andreas Aigmüller moved to Salzburg, where he still holds the post as a solo timpanist in the Mozarteum orchestra. He has won several prizes and awards for his compositions which include film, stage, ballet and dance music, as well as chamber music, symphonic works and an opera. Famous ensembles, such as the Berlin Philharmonics, the Staatskapelle Berlin, Philharmonica Hungaria, the Mozarteum orchestra, the Staatskapelle Weimar etc. have performed his music.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1969 - 1974

timpani and percussion

1973 - 1976


1983 - 1985

master class student for composition (Siegfried Matthus)

1989 - 1991



1974 - 1978

solo timpanist of the Philharmonic Orchestra Rostock


founder of a percussion-piano duo


founder of an organ-percussion duo

1978 - 1985

solo timpanist

solo timpanist

Performances (Selection)


Hubert Soudant (conductor), Rainer Luft (soloist)


performance on the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of the century project "Goldithal" in the presence of the Thuringian government and the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder


Kongreßhalle Augsburg


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

prize winner at the international Gaudeamus Interpreter Competition of Contemporary Music in Rotterdam


IDK - Interessenverband Deutscher Komponisten: audience award


City of Reinbek: Theodor Berger Award


state scholarship for composition

City of Dresden: Carl-Maria von Weber Award

Description of Style

Usually it is difficult for most critics to classify my music into specific categories, such as classical or popular music. This is partly because I am on the one hand deeply rooted in traditional, occidental music, but on the other hand also feel drawn to jazz due to my active experiences. Furthermore, my training as a percussionist adds to the love for rhythm in my music. This combination results in a style that is both acknowledged by performers and the audience.
Andreas Aigmüller, 1996

Press Reviews

27. February 1984
Aigmüller, the brilliant solo timpanist of the Staatskapelle Berlin, opens the floodgates of musical joy for rich orchestral sound in his new orchestra piece, the title of which (Giuramento) means as much as oath or vow. This appears fresh, congenial and has immediately touching and lively pizzazz. It might be possible to say that the opulence of sounds, the incorporation of familiar melodic, dance-like clichés was slightly exuberant, despite striving for clear, musico-dramaturgical arrangement. However, the musical impetus of the whole attests impressive, creative power.
Neues Deutschland

9. September 1997
The State Orchestra Frankfurt started their season with a bang. Or rather timpani, cymbal crashes and drum rolls, which cannot be heard every day in this opulence and swinging elegance, even by this orchestra, which is open to all kinds of music. Whirring violins, a few dull thuds on the big drum, followed by a dark motif played by tuba and celli - this is how the piece "Il Tempo di Cambiamento" in four movements started, composed by percussionist Andreas Aigmüller for the 25th anniversary of the Frankfurt Orchestra and now first performed by him with determination and a fine sense for the instrumental timbre change. Aigmüller is not a stubborn sound tinkerer, but rather a carefree conferencier juggling with melodic clichés and rhythmic embellishments. His idiom is somewhere between Mahler and Stravinsky, between Bernstein, Jazz and Bolero.
Märkische Allgemeine

4. December 2001
As a former student of the master classes of Siegfried Matthaus and endowed with German and Austrian awards for composition, he has kept his sense for catchy subjects and shapes so that his works have a strong musical effect, usually in the context of Jazz. Irrational experiments are alien to him, working with the melodic instruments of percussion, their combination with each other or with other solo instruments appears to be his predominant interest.
Thüringische Landeszeitung (H-J. Thiers)

28. October 2002
He is a master of instrumentation.
Salzburger Nachrichten (R. Kriechbaum)

21. November 2005
Finally, Andreas Aigmüller [...] provided an ecstatically, rallying, jazzy finale.
Salzburger Nachrichten

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