Martha Schwediauer-Southwick
Instrument: piano

Schwediauer-Southwick Martha


# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Warum-di-di-bum - for baritone and brass band 2008 15m
2 Ich gehe durchs Dorf 2008 4m
3 Unterwegs einer 2008
4 Philosophie wider willen? 2008
5 Warum-di-di-bum - für eine tiefe Stimme und Klavier 2007 7m
6 Diamond, Ruby, Pearl ... 2007 6m
7 stimmt so alles 2006 18m
8 Quinten usw. 2006 8m
9 Gruss - für Violoncello 1996 10m
10 Unhörbare Bindung - für Violine 1996 10m
11 was willst du noch 1996 18m
12 Kristall - für Querflöte, Violoncello und Klavier 1996 10m
13 Candles - für Violoncello und Klavier 1995 9m
14 If I Were Two Little Birds - für Posaune, Baßtuba und Klavier 1995 5m
15 The Peaceable Kingdom 1995 - 2006 ~ 1h 10m
16 Tschiks auf der Schwelle 1994 4m
17 Suite Habanera - für Klarinette und Klavier 1994 7m
18 Play it again, Sam 1993 3m
19 Cinque Duettini - per Violine e Viola 1989 7m
20 Lustige Streicher - for string quartet 1983 6m
21 Resonanzen - für Orchester 1983 10m
22 Drei Lieder - für Mezzo-Sopran und Klavier nach Gedichten von Else Lasker-Schüler 1983
23 Little Trio - für Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello 1982 9m
24 By the River - für Baßstimme und Klavier 1982 2m
25 Short Circuit - für Violoncello und Klavier 1981 4m
26 Mein blaues Klavier 1980 - 1993
27 Scratch - für Violine und Klavier 1977 10m
28 A Little White Music - für zwei Klaviere 1977 3m
29 Drei frühe Klavierstücke 1976 3m
30 Drei französische Lieder 1975 5m

General Information


Martha Schwediauer-Southwick has been living in Vienna since 1976. She wrote her first compositions at the age of ten under the guidance of Sue Liu Wen. She studied at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst (composition, piano) and at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (composition, piano, accompanying, conducting). She graduated in composition in 1983 under Erich Urbanner.


Schwediauer-Southwick taught at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz (1994–2003), at the Josef Matthias Hauer Conservatory/Wiener Neustadt (1991–2001) and at the Prayner Conservatory in Vienna (1999–2004). Since 2001 she has been teaching music theory at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation

first compositions and piano-lessons (Sue Liu Wen)

University of Massachusetts Amherst: graduated with B.A.

University of Massachusetts, Amherst: composition, graduated with B.A.



diploma in composition



training "Education of respiration, voice and movement"


finished all studies with


1982 - 1986

Music School Purkersdorf: piano teacher

1987 - 1989

repetiteur for singers

1990 - 1993


1991 - 2001


1994 - 2003


1999 - 2004



ever since contracted teacher for music theory and ear training


Primary School Donau-City: ever since conducting a bilingual children's choir


ever since concerts with "Projekt Vocatur", which defines itself as a platform for Contemporary Music and Philosophy on stage

numerous concerts and performances inland and abroad

Performances (Selection)


world-premiere of the German version of the musical


Description of Style

The horizon of my compositional and musical perspectives and positions is substantially expanded by polyphonic thinking and rhythmic vitality. The compositions mainly include solo pieces and works for chamber music. Over time, the speech rhythm of the instruments used in each case and their timbre have become increasingly important to me - maybe because of my love for voice and singing. As I repeatedly wrote  (and continue to write) pieces for friends and colleagues with whom I feel personally connected, the compositions of my world are not infrequently based on personality and character studies and carried by secret messages.
Martha Jean Southwick, 1996

Teacher of (Person)