Artists biographies
Martin Schwab

The Kammerschauspieler – a title awarded to outstanding actors – Martin Schwab was born in Baden-Württemberg in 1937. He trained for a commercial career in the chemical industry before he studied acting in Vienna. He went on to perform at the Staatstheater Oldenburg, the Staatstheater Stuttgart and the Schauspielhaus Bochum as well as at the Salzburg Festival. He has been in many world premieres at Vienna’s Burgtheater since 1986, for example in works by Turrini, Handke, Bernhard and Jelinek. He has worked with directors such as Claus Peymann, Martin Kušej, Klaus Michael Grüber, Andreas Breth, Karin Beier, Lucy Bondy and Árpád Schilling.

As a teacher at the Max-Reinhardt-Seminar he has spent many years now passing on his skills. Martin Schwab is an honorary member of the Burgtheater; in 2003 he was also awarded the Goldenes Ehrenzeichen (‘golden award of merit’) of the city of Vienna. He has also been awarded the Kainz medal and the Nestroy prize.

In 2007 Klaus Dermutz portrayed him and Ignaz Kirchner in the book ‘Tragikomiker’, in the series ‘edition Burgtheater’.

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Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2017

Appearances at the
Beethovenfest 2011