Biography

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Studies at Hochschule für Musik Köln with Prof. Ingrid Frohmüller-Seidel (Violoncello).
Master classes with Prof. George Neikrug (Boston) und Prof. Siegfried Palm.

Solo projects and concerts with ensembles playing Jazz, Rock, Pop, Chanson, contemporary chamber music, classical music. Concerts in Europe, USA, West Africa, Pakistan.
theatre music projects: Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Theatermanufaktur Berlin, several theatres in Northrhine-Westfalia.

Composer and arranger, CDs, TV and broadcast productions. Performance as composer and soloist with Jena Philharmonic Orchestra. Cellist for movies/TV: "Teufelsbraten" (VFF TV Movie Award Münchner Filmfest, Adolf-Grimme-Preis), Tatort etc.

Teacher at university Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (String Big Band, Pop chamber music, Ensemble Coaching etc.). Cello Big Band projects: Celloversum (RMS Cello Big Band & Cello Combo), Cello Akademie Rutesheim (Cello-Orchester Baden-Württemberg).
Workshops: New Directions Cello Association (USA), Colegio Alemán Madrid, Goethe-Institut, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf, Institut für Musik der FH Osnabrück, Landesmusikrat Niedersachsen, Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz and Northrhine-Westfalia, Cologne Jazz Night, Ingolstädter Jazztage, Internationaler Kunstsommer Arnsberg, Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie, VdM, AfS, VDS, Jeunesses Musicales, etc.

Initiator and Co-Director of the 24th (and first European) New Directions Cello Festival Köln 20118 as a co-operation of NDCA (USA), Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, WDR 3 and Jeunesses Musicales NRW.

Festivals: WDR Musikfest, Eurocityfest Münster, MDR Musiksommer, New Directions Cello Festival Ithaca New York & Köln, Cello Akademie Rutesheim, Celloherbst am Hellweg, Düsseldorfer Jazzrally, Cologne Jazz Night, Museumsuferfest Frankfurt, Jazzgarten Frankfurt, Europafest Potsdam, City Jazznight Braunschweig, 61. Greifswalder Bachwoche, "Jazz en Bloc" Staatstheater Oldenburg, Jazzsommer Augsburg, Hohenloher Kultursommer, Orgeltage Stralsund, Ensemblia Mönchengladbach etc.

Goethe Institut Tours with Jazz string quartet String Thing: 2007 West Africa Tour, Concerts/Workshops in 7 states. 2014 Pakistan Tour and collaboration with National Academy of Performing Arts.

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String Thing: "Jazz en Block" Staatstheater Oldenburg 2008