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Trautonium player

Sound examples

Classic original Trautonium works
"Konzert für Mixturtrautonium & Orchester: Finale Moderato" (1952) Harald GenzmerPeter Pichler
00:00 / 01:29
"Suite de Danses pour Instruments Electroniques: Ostinato Accelerando" (1958) Harald Genzmer_Peter Pichler
00:00 / 02:44
"Sonate für Mixturtrautonium & Klavier: Scherzo" (1949) Harald GenzmerPeter Pichler
00:00 / 04:49
Film soundtracks
"AT THE FAIR" (2019)Peter Pichler
00:00 / 02:45
Dr. CaligariPeter Pichler
00:00 / 01:48
"The Birds" (1962) - Filmsounds mit Trautonium eingespieltPeter Pichler
00:00 / 00:55

Press reviews live performances

Keyboard Magazine

"This man plays the most difficult instrument in the world"

Picture newspaper

"Peter Pichler is probably the greatest living Trautonium virtuoso"

Southgerman newspaper

"Rich, eerie and ripe for horror: 90-year-old synthesizer visits Australia for first time"

The Guardian

"Peter Pichler creates incredibly captivating sounds at the Trautonium."

Allgäu newspaper


"...The sombre packaging might suggest that we’re in for a gruelling listening experience. Nothing could be further from the truth – this is a joyous disc and a perfect introduction to an electronic instrument with soul..."

Reviews classical recording

"As a musician, Pichler is also an interpreter and composing 'co-author', as his sound discoveries appear completely new and fresh in their originality throughout all the works on this CD....

It (the CD) sets a milestone for the reception of Trautonium and Genzmer."

"...Electronic music has arrived on its long journey into the present with its endless creative possibilities.
Reason enough to be fascinated once again by the first electronic-musical attempts. The CD with Genzmer works as interpreted by Peter Pichler easily achieves this."

"... How good that Pichler is now here (after Oskar Sala's death) and brings us closer to this forerunner of the synthesizer. Because without Trautonium there would have been neither pop greats like Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode..."

Video impressions

"Slow piece and rondo for mixture trautonium" (1935) Paul Hindemith

"Concertino for Trautonium and String Orchestra" (1931) Paul Hindemith


Peter Pichler crosses borders between different music genres. His roots lie in punk. This is followed by classical musical training on the guitar and Renaissance lute in Salzburg, Augsburg and Karlsruhe up to concert maturity.

With the Trautonium, Pichler has a long-standing fascination for other, more individual tones and sounds, even beyond the well-tempered mood. It is the more advanced sounds that he generates for and with the father of the synthesizer. In addition, his work strives to explore and preserve the origins of electronic music in and from Germany and to bring them closer to a wider audience and, above all, to young music lovers. 

Pichler's concert tours take him throughout Germany, to the Netherlands, Italy and France and, for the first time in the instrument's history, out of Europe through Australia.

He is currently the only virtuoso who has mastered the Mixturtrautonium and performs live the classical works written specifically for this extraordinary instrument.

Classic Trautonium works repertoire

Paul Hindemith

1930: "The little electronic musician's favorites" trio for 3 Trautoniums (played with: Trautonium with loop machine)

1931: "Concertino for Trautonium with accompaniment of the string orchestra" (also with string quintet)

1935: "Slow piece and rondo" for Mixturtrautonium solo

Harald Genzmer

1938: "Concerto for Trautonium and Orchestra"

1938: "Bass Solo in F" (arrangement with orchestra)

1949: Two "Sonatas for Trautonium and Piano"

1952: "Concerto for mixed trautonium and large orchestra" (arrangement: also possible with a small ensemble)

1958: "Suite des Danses pour Instruments Electroniques" for Mixturtrautonium and Loopmachine

1968: “Cantante for Trautonium and Soprano"

Paul Dessau / Bertold Brecht

1943: “Deutsches Miserere” opera with Trautonium

1949: "The Condemnation of Lucullus" opera with Trautonium

Manuela Kerer

2016: "Fiery Soul" for Mixturtrautonium and orchestra (also possible with a small ensemble)

Dganit Elyakim

2019: "PlagiaRhythm" for Mixturtrautonium and mixed ensemble (violin, viola, cello, double basss, piano, percussion, oboe)

Snezana Nesic

2019: "Tristia" for Mixturtrautonium and mixed ensemble (violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, oboe)

Alexander F. Müller

2019: "Missed Extiction" for Mixturtrautonium and mixed ensemble (violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, oboe)


Pictures high resolution 

Next Concerts

September 24, 2023
Mougins, France
September 24, 2023
Mougins, France
September 24, 2023
Mougins, France
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