Helmut Scheunchen

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Helmut Harry Scheunchen (born November 22, 1945 in Esslingen am Neckar ) is a German cellist and musicologist .


On his father's side, his family came from Hermsdorf near Sagan in the Sprottau district ( Lower Silesia ). After his school days in Esslingen, Scheunchen studied at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart and the University of Music and Theater Munich , majoring in violoncello , as well as composition , music history and new music . In 1972 he became a cellist with the Stuttgart Philharmonic and made guest appearances in all major concert halls in Germany and Europe, but also in Japan ( Tokyo , Suntory Hall ), USA ( New York City , Carnegie Hall ) and South America ( Buenos Aires , Teatro Colón ). In 1983 he was appointed chamber musician . He was u. a. Member of the Society for Music History in Baden-Württemberg and the Society for Baltic German Culture at the University of Tartu and member of the board of trustees of the “Stiftung Kulturwerk Schlesien”.

Scheunchen organized a large number of performances, including many with works by Silesian composers or those who had worked there for a long time. In 1986 he founded a chamber music ensemble, who always worked in musicology, in order to implement the research results in the concert hall. From 1987 they called themselves the “Malinconia Ensemble Stuttgart”. Members are the pianist Günter Schmidt from the University of Music Würzburg , the tenor soloist Dr. Helmut Holzapfel from the Württemberg State Theater in Stuttgart and instrumental soloists from the Stuttgart Philharmonic, including the violinist Siegfried Hartauer . The ensemble's repertoire ranges from early piano works and songs through classical chamber music formations to large and mixed chamber music works ranging from the 17th century to the present day. 150 composers have been presented so far. The concerts took place at home and abroad, with the "Malinconia program series - synthesis of research" - which was always printed - gained particular importance.

As a musicologist, Scheunchen often dealt with East German music under the special aspect of German-Baltic music. He participated in the large music dictionary published by the "Institute for East German Music" in Bergisch Gladbach . His main work is the Lexicon of Baltic German Music of the " Georg Dehio Society" with 735 main articles, several thousand musical works by the Baltic Germans and, mediated by Baltic musicologists, numerous works by Estonian and Latvian composers.

In memory of his father of the same name, he brought together the East German study collection Helmut Scheunchen , similar to the East German Gallery in Regensburg , but without the south- east and central German regions. The focus is on the 19th century, East German landscapes and abstract painting between 1945 and 1950. This has already resulted in loans for a number of exhibitions.

He is the editor of the “Stuttgarter Philharmonische Blätter”. From 2005 to 2009 Scheunchen was second chairman of the "Association of Friends and Supporters of the Silesian Cultural Works Foundation".

Publications (selection)

  • Editor of some printed music
  • Lexicon of German Baltic Music. In: Series of publications by the Georg Dehio Society. Verlag von Hirschheydt, Wedemark-Elze 2002, ISBN 3-7777-0730-9 .
  • Baltic German music history. Institute for East German Music
  • Editor of the series Small Monographs on German Baltic Music History.
  • The music history of the Germans in the Baltic countries. In: Music history of Pomerania, West Prussia, East Prussia and the Baltic countries. Laumann-Verlag, Dülmen 1989, ISBN 3-87466-120-2 .
  • Several essays in the series Ostdeutsche Gedenktage
  • Several articles in the magazine Schlesien



  • Short biography for his 65th birthday, in: Schlesischer Kulturspiegel. Issue 45, Stiftung Kulturwerk Schlesien, Würzburg 2010, ISSN  1437-5095 , p. 82.

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