He wrote numerous commissioned works for international orchestras and classical ensembles, such as two operas ("The Tempest" by Shakespeare 1996 for the opera in Bern, "Casanova" 2005), a piano concerto, a violin concerto, four string quartets, a trumpet sonata and four symphonies. Arranges and composes for orchestra concert programs, for example, to the music of the Rolling Stones or of Duke Ellington are oriented. He tours with own trio "Worlds Beyond" (with pianist Kenny Drew Jr. and bass trombonist David Taylor), with whom he plays both jazz and classical music and original compositions. Drew he also has a quartet "Since scale".
He composed and arranged for including Abdullah Ibrahim ("African Suite", Enja, he also Schnyder's "African Symphony"), Lee Konitz ("Holiday for Strings", Enja) and Paquito D'Rivera ("La Habanera", Enja ). From a Freischütz project his work "Tarantula" (- 1996, with the NDR Philharmonic Enja, 1992 was George Gruntz and with jazz musicians such as Thomas Chapin and Hubert Laws .) Other CDs under his own name are "Secret Cosmos" with his "Modern Art Septet" 1987 "Winds" 1990 (Schwann / chef), "Myths" (Schwann / chef), 1991, "Mythology" (Enja) 1991, "Songbook" 2002 (with his "Songbook for Saxophone and Orchestra"), "Colossus of Sound" 2004 (NDR Radio Philharmonic under Kristjan Järvi, Enja). 2011 appeared a portrait album that contains the Concerto for Chamber Orchestra and numerous recent chamber music. Schnyder lived in for many years, New York City. He gives courses at the Stuttgart crossover Academy, which he runs with Ingo Goritzki.
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