Siegried Steinkogler (nachdenklich mit Gitarre
[note only for german speaking visitors])
Siegfried Steinkogler will perform new
works by Austrian composers.
Interview with Siegfried Steinkogler:
Question: Who do you think is
the most overrated and the most
underrated composer for the
The most underrated composer? Myself!
- No, just a joke... Maybe Barna
Kovats is a little bit underrated as
a composer for the guitar -
concerning the fact that his music
was edited by some of the most
renowned publishers! In general I
believe that there is no over- or
underrated composer, as it is no
accident to have success as a
composer. Maybe some people of the
younger generation are underrated by
now, but time and the audience will
decide about the quality of their
work, as it always used to be!
Question: Which „Slogan“
would you use in advertising for the
"Gitarre - genießen Sie die
Leichtigkeit des Seins!" ("Guitar -
enjoy the ease of being!")
Question: With which
prejudices – that are connected with
the classical guitar – would you
like to get rid of?
With the prejudice that there exists
an instrument which is more
important than the guitar! Even
producing a sound on the guitar is a
complicated and very personal thing
(it can be done in hundreds of ways)
so that I believe the sound of the
guitar belongs to the most beautiful
things in the world. And - last but
not least - the prejudice that the
guitar´s repertoire is inferior to
any other instrument´s repertoire.If
you would start playing concerts now,
it would take decades to play all
the beautiful works that have been
written for the guitar during the
Question: Which attributes do
you find typical for classical
talking about finger-nails,
Question: What things in your
life do you definitely want to learn
and what do you regret not having
general I am satisfied with
what I did. I want
to increase my knowledge of the Spanish language,
moreover I'd say my whole life is permanent learning
- these days I am busy with celtic
languages and old celitc myths for
my guitar opera "Blodeuwedd".
Question: What dreams do you
have that you would like to fulfil?
To read "Don Quixote" by Cervantes
in the Spanish original. And -
though it may sound strange - to do
a performance playing the guitar and
the harmonica at the same time. As a
musician and as a composer this
would be an artistic challenge for
Question: What is
embarrassing for you?
When people talk about things they
do not understand!
Question: What short phrase
would you use to discribe your lifes
go on doing what you are doing
Question: Which abuse in your
native country would you like to do
The Austrian superstition that
everybody is an artist.
Question: In relation to
world history, which personalities
fascinate you the most?
People, who believe(d) in the power
of peace: Dalai Lama,
Berta von Suttner, Mutter
Teresa, John Lennon and many , many
Question: Which question would
you like to be asked and what is
your answer to this
Where could you imagine to stay for
a longer time? - Madrid, as it is so
full of life ...
Question: Which guitar
virtuoso today has the makings to
follow in the footsteps of Andres
No one! But anyway it is not
necessary to follow Segovia´s
footsteps, every guitarist has to
follow his own way! (What a funny
cartoon: the giant Segovia and all
those tiny little dwarfs following
his footpath carrying guitars across
Thank you very much Siegfried for this interview.
Austrian composer and guitarist Siegfried Steinkogler was born the
17.06.1968 in Bad Ischl and lives in Oberndorf near Salzburg.
the University Mozarteum Salzburg he studied guitar with B. Kováts, E. Fisk
and J. Clerch, composition with G. Wimberger and R. Febel as well as with G.
Waldek at the Bruckner University in Linz/Austria.
Steinkogler was awarded both degrees at Mozarteum Salzburg “mit
2002/03 Steinkogler moved to Madrid where he studied Spanish contemporary
guitar works (e.g. A. García Abríl), which he has performed quite often in
his concerts and tours through Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway, Spain and
the Czech Republic. One of Steinkogler´s recent works was his treatise about
his teacher "The guitar works of Barna Kováts or the art of miniature",
which he has already presented in Salzburg as well as at the prestigious
International Guitar Festival of Rust/Austria together with his own
elementary work called "Guitar-Album, part 1-3".
composer Steinkogler is not only dedicated to the guitar. Especially his
orchestral works "Die Ebene am See", Concerto for harmonica and orchestra, "Inconcertamiento"
for harp and Ensemble and "Liebelei" for chamber orchestra have already been
performed in Siena, Arezzo, Firenze, Sofia, Madrid, Prague, Oslo, Salzburg
like these plus his chamber music and solo pieces for various instruments
have culminated in prizes like
Prize for „Duo for Flute and Guitar“ (1988), 1. Int. Composer´s Competition
Ø 1. Prize for „Kapriolen“ for guitar solo (1997), Int. Composer´s
Ø Scholarship of the Mozarteum/Salzburg for extraordinary efficiency
Ø Talentförderungsprämie of Upper Austria for composition (1998)
Ø Würdigungspreis of the Ministery for Education, Science and Culture (2002)
Ø Staatsstipendium of the Republic of Austria (2002)
Ø Prize for "Mountain Mass" for mixed choir in Salzburg (2004)
the Anton-Bruckner-Scholarship from the land Upper Austria for the Music-
and Dance-Theatre “Blodeuwedd” in 2006.
2003 Siegfried Steinkogler is acting as the Artistic Director of Salzburg
String Festival and Salzkammergut String Festival, both of them especially
dedicated to Contemporary Music.