Reinhold Friedl

Reinhold Friedl was born in 1964, lives in Berlin since 1987. He studied piano with Renate Werner, Alan Marks and Alexand er von Schlippenbach, mathematics and musicology in Stuttgart and Berlin. As a performer, interpreter and composer, he has received various fellowships – Eurocréation Paris, the Rome Fellowship (Villa Serpentara) of the Berlin Academy of Arts, STEIM Amsterdam-, as well as various composition commissions. Reinhold Friedl has published articles in newpapers and professional journals and conducted a seminar on “Music and Mathematics” in the department of Mathematics at the Berlin Free University together with Prof. Behrends. He founded and directs the ensembles Piano-Inside-Out and ZEITKRATZER. Friedl has worked as a curator for the Podewil center for contemporary arts Berlin and directed the Off-ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) Berlin 2000. He has been invited to take part in the Jury of the Ars Electronica and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa. As pianist and composer, he has worked with musicians and composers such as Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Phill Niblock, Helmut Oehring, Nicolas Collins, Lou Reed, MERZBOW a.k.a., Masami Akita, Radu Malfatti, Bernhard Guenter, Mario Bertoncini (nuova consonanza), Keiji Haino, and has made countless radio and CD recordings. Lately he realized the “spazialisation piano-project” at ZKM Karlsruhe and Asphodel Studios in San Francisco. The main focus of Reinhold Friedl’s work is the inside-piano. He played all respective literature using inside-piano techniques and released several articles in this field.


1.What is the biggest inspiration for your music?

2.How and when did you get into making music?
I made my first money in the boy choir of the Cathedral in Augsburg when I was 5 years old.

3.What are your 5 favorite albums of all time?
# Iannis Xenakis: Octueur de Paris plays Anaktoria
# Archie Shepp /Dollar Brand  : Left alone
# Olivier Messiaen: Chronochromie, recorded by Antal Dorati
# Muhal Richard Abrams: Bird Song (only the viny, NOT the CD (it lacks the electronic part!)
# Anton Webern: 5 pieces for Orchestra, recorded by Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra with Herbert von Karajan!

4.What do you associate with Berlin?
29 great years of my live.

5.What’s your favorite place in your town?
I’m mostly in Vienna now and the most impressing place is the Schubert-Kirche, where they use to play  Schubert-Masses on Sunday mornings. Up to 120 db, incredible!

6.If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I studies mathematics and I really like mathematics, especially topology /set theory /logic.

7.What was the last record you bought?
Iannis Xenakis: 5LP Box on ERATO, a must have!

8.Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Mnozil Brass from Vienna, an incredible Brass band !

9.What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
no idea.

10.How important is technology to your creative process?
I think all our work is hardly dependent on our technical possibilities. Mobile phone, music software, mixing technologies, …

11.Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
Yes, I have three, two brother and a sister (and four kids) – they love what I do, even though they really do something else professionally. But they come to every concert they can make it.

Our favorite:

reinhold friedl & franck vigroux berlin 2014

Inside piano

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