Ten-year-old Uwe Scholz dreamt of becoming a conductor. Nevertheless, a growing fascination for the multitudinous ways of expression in dance seemed to prevail. At the age of 13 - and one month before Jon Cranko's tragic death -, he was admitted to the Stuttgart Ballet School. It was Marcia Haydée above all who became his lifelong mentor. She started, influenced, and shaped his artistic career. 1976 saw Uwe Scholz' first choreography Serenade for 5+1 with music by Mozart. Uwe Scholz then worked in London. He received a scholarship grant for the prestigious Balanchine School of American Ballet in New York. In 1977, he returned to the John Cranko Academy in Stuttgart to pass his exams in 1979.
Uwe Scholz moved on to become a dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. From the very beginning of his dancing career Marcia Haydée entrusted him with a range of choreographic assignments. In 1980, Uwe Scholz became resident choreographer with the Stuttgart Ballet. He concluded his dancing career except for a much noticed solo in a choreography by Maurice Béjart. In the years to come Uwe Scholz not only produced choreographies for ballet. He was also an opera director (Testimonium Festival in Israel, and The Magic Flute in Nuremberg), a choreographer for opera (with Lovro von Matacic, and also with Hans Neuenfels for Aida in Frankfurt), and an Assistant Director for film and drama (with Heyme).
At the age of 26, Uwe Scholz became artistic director and chief choreographer of the Zurich Ballet. After 6 years in Zurich, he returned to Germany to build and shape the Leipzig Ballet until his tragic and untimely death in 2004. During his impressive career Uwe Scholz created more than 100 choregraphic works. His main focus was always the score... He loved works by Bach, Bruckner, Mozart, Wagner, Schumann, Schubert, Stravinsky, and Bartok as much as contemporary compositions by Udo Zimmermann and Pierre Boulez.