Arno Schneider grew up in Stade in northern Germany, a city with a rich historical organ landscape. Here he received his first organ lessons with Wolfram Syré.
Later he studied church music (B and A diploma) in Stuttgart and Berlin with Prof. Jon Laukvik and Prof. Friedrich Meinel and harpsichord/ early music with Prof. Christine Schornsheim in Leipzig.
In addition to his teaching activities at the Berlin University of the Arts (basso continuo and harpsichord, since 2007), he regularly performs with numerous well-known choirs and orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Staatskapelle Dresden, Ensemble Resonanz, Musica Fiata, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Rais-Kammerchor, Chorwerk Ruhr and others. He also participated in many CD productions, among others with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
Through his many years as choir director of the Luisen-Vocalensemble Berlin and as a voice coach, he has developed a preference for accompanying singers and vocal ensembles.
Arno Schneider has held a part-time position as organist at the congregation at Hohenzollernplatz in Berlin-Wilmersdorf since 2001. Both organ literature playing, improvisation and ensemble music making are part of his responsibilities here.