Austrian composer and teacher Gerhard Schedl was born in Vienna on 5 August 1957 and began to write music whilst still a child. He studied at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts with Erich Urbanner.
He achieved early success with works such as the oratorio Der Großinquisitor and the children's opera Der Schweinehirt. His output also included orchestral and chamber works.
From 1981 until 2000 he taught at Dr Hoch's Konservatorium in Frankfurt.
Following a lengthy depression, Gerhard Schedl shot himself in woods near his home in Eppstein, Germany on 30 November 2000, aged forty-three.