Born in 1950, Schneider studied music, German philology, musicology (Dr. phil. 1977), school music and church music in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. From 1970 to 1982 he was organist and choirmaster in Huninque / France and in Hinterzarten / Black Forest. Since 1979 he teaches at the Munich University of Music, initially as professor of music theory and church music composition and since 1996 as professor of film music composition. Since 2003, Enjott Schneider is a member of the board of directors of GEMA (German association for musical performance rights and copyright law), since 2012 chairman of this board.
Alongside his writing activities (e.g. 'Time-Rythm-Number' 1991/2003, 'Composition for Film and Television' 1997, as well as many articles on contemporary music) Enjott Schneider is an accomplished composer. Besides seven full-length operas such as 'The Salome Principle' or 'Signalman Thiel', 'Prince Pueckler', he composed numerous works for orchestra and chamber ensemble. A further focus lies in sacred music with oratorios, organ concertos and organ symphonies. His stage works and concert music are published by Schott Music International (www.schott-music.com).
He has composed the soundtracks for about 500 films (e.g. the soundtracks to 'Brother of Sleep', '23', 'Autumn Milk', 'Stalingrad', 'Swabian Children', 'Armageddon' or 'Stauffenberg'). Enjott Schneider received the Emmy Award (New York) for the best documentary 2005 'Drama of Dresden' (broadview-TV Cologne), the Bavarian Film Prize for the music to 'Rama Dama' (Joseph Vilsmaier), the 'Bundesfilmband' in gold for the soundtrack to 'Silent Shadows' (Sherry Horman) und 'Wild Fire' (Jo Baier), the Fipa d'Or (Biarritz) 2001 for the best European film music to 'Anniversaries' (Margarethe von Trotta) as well as the German Television Prize 2007 'Best Film Music' for 'Not all were Murderers' (Jo Baier) and 'The Expulsion' (Kai Wessel).