Moritz Schneidewendt

is a creative musician and versatile clarinetist. He is regularly on stage as a chamber musician and soloist. He is particularly passionate about contemporary music, which he plays above all with his ensembles Broken Frames Syndicate, ensemble via nova and Kommas Ensemble. In addition, he is interested in interdisciplinary projects and creative collaboration.
Moritz lives and works in Offenbach/Main, where he is part of Ateliergemeinschaft Wäscherei.


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11. June 2024
Alte Feuerwache, Bühne

Concerto21 Academy
19.-23. June 2024
22.-27. July 2024
Gut Siggen, Ostholstein

Konzert und Workshop
Dr. Hoch’s Konservatorium

28. June / 8. July 2024

Open Studios / Concerts / Exhibitions / Performances
Atelier Wäscherei
5. & 6. July 2024
Offenbach am Main


Moritz Schneidewendt

°1989, in Freiburg/Brg.,
lives and works in Offenbach/Main

My particular passion is contemporary music. As a clarinetist with a wide range of interests, I work both as a performer and as a creative artist. The focus of my artistic work is chamber music with my own ensembles Broken Frames Syndicate, ensemble via nova and Kommas Ensemble, as well as a preference for creative collaboration in interdisciplinary processes.

After completing my studies with distinction with Professors Manfred Lindner and Thorsten Johanns in Würzburg and Weimar, I gained orchestral experience.

From 2017 I dedicated myself to contemporary music and specialised at the International Ensemble Modern Academy.

Further impulses came from the clarinetists Ralf Manno, Martin Spangenberg, Reto Bieri, Andreas Langenbuch, Nina Janßen-Deinzer and Ernesto Molinari.

In close collaboration with young composers, as a guest of renowned ensembles and as a soloist, I have the opportunity to participate in numerous world premieres and regularly perform at festivals at home and abroad.

In addition, I am very interested in creative and experimental formats in which I can act as a performer on stage.

Convinced that classical music today needs contemporary frameing, I want to renew outdated structures in the industry. That's why I develop my own concepts and formats, particularly interested in focusing on socially relevant topics and stimulating the imagination.

Master of Arts — Contemporary music at the HfMDK Frankfurt

International Ensemble Modern Academy

Master of Arts— Clarinet at the HfM Weimar with Prof. Th. Johanns

Diploma—Clarinet at the HfM Würzburg with Prof. M. Lindner

Musicology studies at the University of Würzburg

Work experience

Permanent member of Broken Frames Syndicate | ensemble via nova | Kommas Ensemble

Since 2020
Work on interdisciplinary projects with Paul Pape and Raphael Languillat: Tanzkamera Obscura | Tension | Duo lowcontrast

Since 2020
Studio space at the "Atelier Wäscherei" Offenbach — interdisciplinary projects, experiments, ensemble work

Since 2020
Support by the German Music Council — Broken Frames Syndicate in the "InSzene" programme

Artist in Residence of the Bauhaus Foundation Dessau | Kurt Weill Fest

Chamber music lecturer for Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Since 2018
Guest with Ensemble Modern

Since 2018
artistic director, management and clarinetist of the Broken Frames Syndicate

Since 2016
clarinetist with ensemble via nova


regular substitute with Ensemble Modern

active substitute activity with Meininger Hofkapelle, WDR Sinfonieorchester, Philharmonie Jena, Staatskapelle Weimar a.o.

Deputy principal clarinettist at the Musikalische Komödie Leipzig | Oper Leipzig

Staatstheater Mainz

Chamber music

My great passion is chamber music. As a guest of various formations and with my own ensembles, I am regularly on the road and cultivate a versatile repertoire of diverse works. In addition to contemporary sounds, I am equally at home with classical literature.

Collaboration with ensembles and colleagues
Ensemble Modern, Orchester im Treppenhaus, Broken Frames Syndicate, ensemble via nova, Kommas Ensemble, ur.werk Ensemble, Ensemble Risonanze Erranti, Vortex Ensemble, Lux:NM, Bärmann Trio, Ensemble Reflektor, Marie-Thérèse Zahnlecker, Heinz Holliger, Thorsten Johanns, Andreas Langenbuch, Miguel Pérez Iñesta, Wu Wei, a.o. 


︎Orchester im Treppenhaus
Circling Realities

Multimedial and played by heart
  • Judd Greenstein: Clearing, Dawn, Dance
  • Benjamin Scheuer: Testudo (UA)
  • Osvaldo Golijov: The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind
  • Maurice Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte

︎Orchester im Treppenhaus

  • a.o. Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet op. 115

︎Olivier Messiaen
Quatuor pour la fin du temps
  • Internat. Musiktage im Dom zu Speyer (2021)
  • Internat. Messiaentage Görlitz (15.1.2023)
  • Night concert at Kammermusikfestival Würzburg (2021)
  • with BFS a.o. in Wiesbaden and Paris

︎Duos with Wu Wei
New works for sheng and clarinet

︎Ensemble Modern 
  • Theresienstädter Komponisten, works by Rudolf Karel, Hans Krasa, Pavel Haas, Gideon Klein
  • Diaghilev-Festival 2018, Perm
  • Alte Oper Frankfurt
  • Frankfurt Lab

︎Chamber Music Festival Würzburg
  • Igor Stravinsky: L’histoire du soldat
  • Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps

︎ Portrait: Patrice Sciortino
With Bärmanntrio and musicians of the HR BigBand at Naxoshalle Frankfurt

Broken Frames Syndicate

plays contemporary music and brings holistic concert experiences to the stage. The ten of us show alternatives to the usual and stand up for the critical examination of socially relevant topics.

Our focus is on collaboration with young composers, through which we commit ourselves to the diversification of the contemporary classical scene.
The conceptual depth of our programming is the core of our vision. With new formats, we use music to tell stories, inspire discussions, think outside the box, and invest in new ways of thinking.
In doing so, we consciously free ourselves from outdated structures and dogmas of the music business.

Founded in 2018 after our time at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt, we now play in varying formations and regularly perform in concerts and at festivals in Germany and abroad. Recent invitations include Mixtur Festival in Barcelona, the Harvard Group for New Music residency, and Beethovenfest Bonn.

BFS is awarded the Ernst von Siemens Ensembleprize 2024.


    Lola Rubio, Violin
    William Overcash, Violin
    Laura Hovestadt, Viola
    Nathan Watts, Violoncello
    Katrin Szamatulski, Flute
    Moritz Schneidewendt, Clarinet
    Peng-Hui Wang, Bassoon
    Vitaliy Kyianytsia, Piano
    Yu-Ling Chiu, Percussion
    Lautaro Mura Fuentealba, Conductor
    Yongbom Lee, Composer

Management – artistic direction
    Moritz Schneidewendt
    Katrin Szamatulski
    Lautaro Mura Fuentealba

We question the existing.

We draw strength from fractures.

We are the Broken Frames Syndicate.

We cooperate with young composers and put current music into the context of topics that matter to us.

We are more than the parts of ourselves.

Kommas Ensemble

Kommas Ensemble is a Cologne-based contemporary music formation. A special focus is on the latest developments in Latin American new music. With conceptual programmes, Latin American composers in Germany are given a platform to broaden the spectrum of contemporary music here and thus contribute to a democratisation of the global music business.

Latin American composers, new artistic positions and socio-political themes from Latin America are to be increasingly reflected in our programmes.


    Johannes Haase, violin
    Alba Gonzales Becerra, viola
    Kyubin Hwang, cello
    Maruta Staravoitava, flute
    Moritz Schneidewendt, clarinet
    Alberto Carnevale Ricci, piano
    Ramon Gardella, percussion
    Lautaro Mura Fuentealba, conductor
    Francisco C. Goldschmidt, composer

ensemble via nova

We are dedicated to the interpretation of contemporary chamber music.

Our projects include electronics, improvisation, scenic elements and light installations that are integrated into new concert formats. We particularly enjoy performing premieres and therefore collaborate closely with composers. In this way, we cultivate a broad repertoire of new works dedicated to us.

Since 2016, we have been playing in the same instrumentation - flute, clarinet, accordion, violin and violoncello. Our own concert series at the Erfurt Kunsthalle REFLEXIONEN - CO|:N:|ECT - TRANSFORM - FUSION, however, seek contact with other musicians. We have realised projects with ensembles such as Ensemble Mosaik, Black Pencil (NL), NeoQuartet (PL), Pluto's Tide Dance Company, Good Mori (KOR), UMS'n JIP (CH) and the jazz musician Wolfgang Lackerschmidt.

Regularly we perform on international stages and at festivals. Some of our highlights have been trips to Seoul and Daegu, London, Italy, Switzerland, Gdansk or Barcelona.


new music. unconducted. international.

    Marianna Schürmann, Flute
    Moritz Schneidewendt, Clarinet
    Nikita Geller, Violin
    Daniel Gutiérrez, Cello
    Neža Torkar, Accordion