Niko Schäuble

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Tunes by Niko Schäuble

  • Fug
    Other · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · 4/4
  • Alan's Delight
    Shuffle · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · F · 4/4
  • Gone Bush
    Straight · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · F · 4/4
  • Somewhere Sometime
    Straight · 2000-2010 · Medium · Instrumental · F · 4/4


Niko Schäuble is one of the most sought after contemporary musicians in Australia and abroad. In addition to leading his own ensembles, he has performed with many of Australia’s leading musicians as well as renowned international artists. He frequently tours Europe, Asia and the USA. Since the mid 1990’s Niko has also established himself as an in demand composer for Film and Television while continuing to write for international ensembles, ranging from saxophone quartets to symphony orchestras.

His work has been documented on more than 50 CD’s and a host of Australian and international awards confirm Niko’s standing as one of the world’s top performers and composers.

Work for TV, Film and Multimedia include: Bed Of Roses (ABC), Whatever Happened To That Guy (Fox Entertainment), Stingers (Channel 7), Neighbours (Channel 10), Noahʼs Arc (starring Jon Voight, Mary Steenburgen), Driven Crazy (Channel 10), Zoo’s Company (ABC), They Shoot Crocodiles, Donʼt They (ABC), Zoo Tails (ABC), Spyshop (ABC), Bunch of Fives (ABC), Good Riddance (ABC), Lift-Off (ABC), Tonight Live (Channel 7), Kripo Live (MDR/Germany), Imagine (SBS), Residue (Roguy Films), Anaka (Finalist at Annecy Film Festival 2005), Pinata (animation), Numbo (Nomination for the ‘Leo’ award at Braunschweig Filmfestival 2004), The Bargain, Foresta Rossa, Traces.

A Selection of Artists Niko has worked with: Sam Rivers, Lee Konitz, Enrico Rava, Trilok Gurtu, Mike Nock, Wynton Marsalis, Dewey Redman, Arthur Blythe, Gunther Schuller, Palle Mikkelborg, Paul Grabowsky, Archie Roach, Ruby Hunter, Katie Noonan, Berliner Saxophon Quartett, Vince Jones, Karaikudi R. Mani, Australian Art Orchestra, Tibetan Dixie, Tanzfabrik Berlin

Awards: 1992 Australian Jazz Award/Best Drummer 1994 ‘Unsigned Bands Competition’, Rhythms Magazine, Australian 1995 2nd prize Franz-Josef Reinl Stiftung für ʻOhne Endeʼ 1996 1st and 2nd Prize ʻTage der leichten Musikʼ des SFB 1997 Honorable Mention Julius Hemphil Awards, New York Further awards and grants by the Berlin Senate, the Victorian Ministry of the Arts and the Australia Council.

Teaching Appointments: Musikschule Charlottenburg, Hochschule für Musik Hanns-Eisler, Victorian College of the Arts, Adelaide Conservatorium of Music, Sommerakademie der Freien Kunstschule Berlin, Internationale Tanzwochen Wien, Landesmusikakademie Berlin, St Leonards College, Preshil The Margaret Little Memorial School, NMIT, Melbourne

Selected Quotes: “[Niko Schäuble] possesses a talent for composition and arranging that threatens to put him up there with the world’s best.” Drum Media “Schäuble’s compositions, like his drumming, are idiosyncratic and bristling with surprises.” Sydney Morning Herald "Schäuble’s hand as a composer is evident in the quirky themes and propulsive rhythms.” The Age