When - as a child - I began to listen to the music of the great composers, I was touched, wondering how a human could create such magic. Now I am 54 and this did not change. What changed is, that somewhen I started to investigate, to analyse music and with the help of my good friend, Thomas Prellinger, study music theory. And I started to compose. This is what I am doing ever since.
Living in Austria, married to a wonderful wife and father of three children, I am earning my living as an IT professional. I need to come up with the time, and more important, the energy for music. Whenever I am in the process of composing, time flies by and when I awake of that trance after many hours I find myself totally exhausted. Then I usually feel like sharing the result of my work with my friends and family and I do so, which I generally regret next morning, when I perceive my music different and not good enough, sometimes barely understandable.
What I find hardest in composing is to understand the situation of the unprepared audience. As the composer I cannot share the first-time-listener´s experience. The opposite is the case, I have countless times played the music while developing it. All I can do is, to apply all theoretical knowledge I am aware of and to make use of my experience and feedback from listeners. Furthermore all kind of mistakes happen. Mistakes in hearing, mistakes in thinking and understanding, mistakes in playing, mistakes in noting. Composing is hard work, but I receive by far enough compensation from the joy and pleasure that work is. My humble hope is to steadily improve my skills in order to deliver enjoyable music.