Hermann Große-Schware was born 1931 in Castrop-Rauxel (Germany). After first self-taught studies of music he studied composition and school music with Hermann Schroeder and also jazz with Heinz Gietz at Cologne university.
He got numerous composition awards and composed songs, chamber music and orchestra pieces. He taught in Viersen and was envolved in the "Ensemblia Festival" for contemporary music in Moenchengladbach.
From 1997 until 2006 he was chairman for the composers league of Nordrhein-Westfalen.