Ulrich Schultheiss

composer | komponist

​"What a cool piece! It gripp​ed me as soon as I heard it"

​Gerard McChrystal, saxophonist (UK)

Ulrich Schultheiss is a highly demanded composer and arranger with a musical language that is infused with elements of other genres, cultures or art forms. His music is performed in Europe, in states of the former Soviet Union, in North, Central and South America, in the Middle and Far East. In addition, he has made radio recordings, CD and video productions in Germany and abroad. His catalogue of works includes around 150 compositions for various instrumentations as well as works and arrangements for film, cabaret, theatre and performance. In addition to his artistic activities, he has worked and researched as a professor of music theory and in the field of digital media.

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Jun 1, 2024 | Frankfurt/M.​ (D)
​Yuri Jang (violin) and Tobias Hagedorn (organ) play the premiere of "DayDream" as part of the "HörBar Weekend" in Frankfurt's Herz Jesu Church.

​zick zack​

​May 18, 2024 | Münster (D)
Margarita Cherenkova and Taras Makhno will perform zick zack for saxophone and accordion in the auditorium of the Katholische Studierenden- und Hochschulgemeinde in Münster as part of the concert "Astella + Friends" with works by Astor Piazzolla, Ulrich Schultheiss and Georg Friedrich Händel.

​Windspel in Holland

May 12, 2024 | Feinsum (NL)
​Esra Pehlivanli (viola) plays windspel (wind chimes) ​in the Sint Vituskerk in Feinsum (NL) in the concert of the Ensembles Black Pencil ​with the title "into space - nieuwe klankdimensies". 


​May 5, 2024 | Ketzin (D)
Berlin recorder player Susanne Fröhlich performed birdsong at "Paretzer Field Music", a concert series with concert installations, improvised and new music in Havelland. Info

ping pong

May 4, 2024 | Marl (D) 
The recorder quartet Flautando Köln together with Albrecht Maurer and Heikko Deutschmann present the crossover performance "Jack & Jill - Patterns of Love and Laughter" with lyrics by Ronald D. Laing and music by Ulrich Schultheiss and others at the Theater Marl as part of the Ruhrfestspiele 2024. Video Trailer
photo (c) Christina Feldhoff

​pas de deux

Apr 27, 2024 | Münster (D) 
Matias de Oliveira Pinto and Elisabeth Fürniss perform pas de deux for two violoncellos as part of the concert "Original und Fälschung" in the concert hall of the Musikhochschule Münster. pas de deux was premiered in Brazil in 2023 by Matias de Oliveira Pinto and Fábio Presgrave. 

​Verstrichen ein Hauch...

​Apr 21, 2024 | Hagen (D)
Organist Katrin Klopf played Verstrichen ein Hauch... alongside works by Olivier Messiaen and Petr Eben as part of the "neuer geist. neue musik" concert series in Hagen's Heilig-Geist-Church. 

​​witch hunt

Apr 17, 2024 | Augsburg (D)
Christian Segmehl (sax) and Paul Rivinius (piano) play witch hunt together with works by Jules Demersseman, George Gershwin, Darius Milhaud and Astor Piazolla in the concert "Sax and Piano" of the Tonkünstlerverband Augsburg at the Fronhof Rokokosaal.

Movimenti 1...4

Apr 9, 2024 | BR2Radio (D)
In a production of the Bayerischer Rundfunk, the renowned Henschel Quartet from Munich plays the 1st Piano Quartet Movimenti 1 - 4.

New York Concert

Mar 10, 2024 | New York (USA)
Musicians from the Kaufman Music Center's Special Music School in New York perform works by Ulrich Schultheiss at the Kaufman Music Center Contemporary Music Festival in Merkin Hall. Information on the organizer's website.

​witch hunt in Potsdam (USA)

Mar 9, 2024 | Potsdam, NY (USA)
Megan Henry (sax.) performs witch hunt in the quartet version with Clair Ames (sax.), Kerri Rauschelbach (t. sax.) and Nathaniel Cobb (b. sax.) at the Sara M. Snell Music Theater in Potsdam, NY, along with works by James DiPasquale and Warren Benson.

witch hunt

Feb 25, 2024 | Wertheim (D)
The Ava Saxophone Quartet plays witch hunt as part of the concert "​Of great masters and distant lands" ​at the Schlösschen in the Hofgarten Wertheim.


Feb 20, 2024 | BR2Radio (D)​
Thomas Hitzlberger and Georg Schütz perform the Faust-Paraphrases for two pianos in a production by the Bavarian Radio.

Wanted | new release

Dec​ 5, 2023 | Cluj-Napoca (RO)
Patricia Marchiș (sax), recently awarded at the 'International Jazz in the Park Competition 2023' in Cluj-Napoca, has released her debut album 'Metamorphosis' with an arrangement of Ulrichs' song wanted for sax and jazz combo. The album by Marquis Noir is available on the well-known streaming portals. YouTube

​DEUX PAR DEUX in Perpignan

Nov 9 & 10, 2023 | Perpignan​ (F)
The Duo Fortecello (Anna Mikulska, violoncello and Philippe Argenty, piano) played ​deux par deux at the 'Festival Aujourd'hui Musiques' at the Théâtre de l'Archipel in Perpignan (F). There is a video on Facebook with a small excerpt.

... new CDs

CD Black Pencil: Schokland

On this CD, members of the ensemble Black Pencil perform works for solo instruments inspired by the World Heritage Site Schokland in the Netherlands: windspel for viola (Esra Pehlivanli), birdsong for recorder (Jorge Isaac) and drops in the wind for accordion (Marko Kassl), among others. Audio

CD Two Pianos

Jay Jung-Hoon Wang and Rainer Klaas play Faust-Paraphrasen from 1987 on the CD entitled "RAPHAEL, SCHULTHEISS, ZABEL - ZWEI KLAVIERE". Other titles on the CD are the 'Toccata' op. 45 by Günter Raphael and 'Erstarrte Tänze' by Frank Zabel.


​On her solo album entitled "SOUVENIRS D'ENFANCE", Swiss pianist Fabienne Mittaz performs works by Domenico Scarlatti, Robert and Clara Schumann, Claude Debussy, Arvo Pärt and Jean-Jacques Werner, and also includes Nachklang zu Robert Schumann's «Des Abends». Info

CD Nature

​​On the CD entitled "NATURE" by Patricia Pagny's piano class at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Paola Lepori plays ritorna la nebbia  and Fabienne Mittaz Nachklang zu Robert Schumann's «Des Abends» among others. Info


​"The Object - or how to destroy an ideal world". The score of the 1985 ballet suite has recently been digitised. A separate website provides brief information, music and sound samples. The first performance took place in Osnabrück in 1986 with the Osnabrück Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Jean-François Monnard.


The score of this trio for clarinet, violoncello and piano from 1992 has been revised and digitised. Music and sound samples can be found on a separate website. The premiere took place in 1993 at the Wuerzburg Residence.  

 Vergossen & Vergessen

​for four concertante woodwinds in orchestra. Written for the Weimar Staatskapelle under the impression of partly almost lost texts from the Munich Bohème (1890 - 1914). On a website there are score excerpts as well as audio samples.

 The man outside

"A play that no theatre wants to perform and no audience wants to see." (W. Borchert) On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the German writer Wolfgang Borchert in 2021 Ulrich's ballet music ('Draussen vor der Tür') from 1995 was revised. Excerpts from the score and several audios are available on a website.

... new scores

ARE Verlag  published verweht in the arrangement for tenor or alto recorder, as well as three miniatures: birdsong for tenor recorder, drops in the wind for accordion and wind chimes for viola.

Farewell Concert Online

The video of Ulrich Schultheiss' farewell concert at the University of Music Muenster including souvenir, blue-S, zick zack, Song from Paris and double trouble is available on YouTube in its entirety as well as in separate contributions featuring:
Fatjona Maliqi, piano
Minji Han, piano
Rebekka Wilhelm, soprano saxophone
Franziska Ecker, accordion
Prof. Matias de Oliveira Pinto, violoncello
Risa Adachi, piano
Prof. Stephan Froleyks, moderation

Trailer: 'Climbing Utopia'

lyrics by René Daumal
music by Nils Imhorst, Serban Nichifor, Jacob TV, Ulrich Schultheiss ("Karussell" from 02:49)

project manager: Robert Beck
direction, action: Frederik Göke
clarinet: Robert Beck
bass: Nils Imhorst
accordion: Marko Kassl


+++ the latest premieres

verweht* - premiered by Nicola Mogavero (soprano saxophone*) in Lamia (GR) (05/2023)
pas de deux​ - premiered by Matias de Oliveira Pinto (vc) & Fábio Presgrave (vc) in Natal (Brazil) (04/2023)
trouble in paradise* - premiered by Pavel Tseliapniou (fl), Jan Termath (tba*) and Deborah Rawlings (pf) in Muenster (10/2022)
witch hunt & orchestra - premiered by Nelma Passinen (sax) and the Seinäjoki City Orchestra SKOR in Seinäjoki (SF) (09/2022)
birdsong - premiered by Jorge Isaac (red) @ Schokland (NL) Soundwalk (07/2022)
wind chimes - premiered by Esra Pehlivanli (vla) @ Schokland (NL) Soundwalk (07/2022)
drops in the wind - premiered by Marko Kassl (acc) @ Schokland (NL) Soundwalk (07/2022)
Mosaik - premiered by Manuel Lipstein (vc) @ "DEBUT UM 11" in Recklinghausen (02/2022)
Mosaik - premiered by Anna Karácsonyi (piano) @ "DEBUT UM 11" in Recklinghausen (02/2022)
Mosaik - premiered by Armin Khihel (clar) @ "DEBUT UM 11" in Recklinghausen (02/2022)

2000 - 2020 
20 years of 'witch hunt in concert'

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