Reinhold Friedl studied composition with Witold Szalonek an Mario Bertoncini, piano with Renate Werner, Alan Marks and Alexander von Schlippenbach. and mathematics in Stuttgart, Berlin and Marseille. PhD in music computing at Goldsmiths University, London.
Reinhold Friedl is known for his radical music. He received numerous prizes and fellowships as Eurocréation Paris, Villa Serpentara Rome (Berliner Akademie der Künste), STEIM Amsterdam, Paris Cité des Arts,... as well as commissions by the French State, Maerzmusik Berliner Festspiele, Wiener Festwochen, Asphodel San Francisco, ZKM Karlsruhe, RomaEuropa Festival, the BBC London, Ultima Osolo. His music is performed by groups like Diotima Quartet Paris or Ensemble 2e2m. Friedl released over hundred CDs and LPs as composer and performer. interdisciplinary cooperations with artists as Sasha Waltz, Frank Castorf (Volksbühne Berlin), Lillevan.
Friedl founded and directs the ensembles Piano-Inside-Out and zeitkratzer and is known as expert for extended piano techniques. Friedl cooperated with various musicans as Phil Niblock, Lou Reed, Alvin Lucier, Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth), Helmut Oehring, Nicolas Collins, Laurie Anderson, Merzbow, Mario Bertoncini (nuova consonanza), Keiji Haino, Rashad Becker, and has made countless radio and CD recordings.
As curator, Friedl leads the record series Perihel for Karlrecords, invented the Off-ICMC (International Computer Music Conference) and directed the music department of Podewil Berlin. He was a jury member of Ars Electronica and Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisboa. Friedl profits from his worldwide touring and interviews electronic music composers: this allowed him to realize more than fifty radio shows for WDR3 Open Music - Studio elektronische Musik Cologne, Germany a.o.. Friedl is also known as a specialist for the music of Iannis Xenakis and published several articles on the topic, he presented experimental music with children a.o. in cooperation with the Berlin Philharmonic Education program. Guest professor for artistic research/ performance at Katarina Gurska Institute , Madrid, Spain, lectures and teaching at University Paris VIII, Berlin UdK, London Goldsmiths University, mdw Vienna, Musikhochschule Basel, University for Music and Drama Gothenburg, Music University Thessaloniki, MIT Melbourne, etc.
Reinhold Friedl lives in Berlin and Vienna.