Educational phases

Studies: clarinet (Münten/Klein), college of music Cologne until 1980

Since 1974 jazz pianist, arranger and composer
(See discography)

Co-founder of
Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus e.V.
Co-founder of
Offene Jazz-Haus-Schule
(Institution of
Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus)

Teacher at the
Max-Bruch-Musikschule Bergisch Gladbach (since 1979) for clarinet, piano, jazz piano, jazz combo, big band

From 1980 to 1997 musical conductor of
Jazz Orchester Rheinland-Pfalz (JORP)
(Institution of ministry of education and the arts of Rhineland-Palatinate)

From 1998 to 2003 musical conductor of
Berliner-Jugend-Jazz-Orchesters (BJJO),
(Institution of council of music of the Land Berlin)

Since 2003 musical conductor of
JugendJazzOrchesterSaar
(JJOSaar/Institution of council of music of the Saarland).

Professor for jazz and improvised music at the college of music and theatre Saarbrücken.

Prizewinner of Deutscher Orchester Wettbewerb (German Orchestra Competition) / Nordrhein-Westfalen 1995 for jazz orchestra in Dortmund as conductor of Blue Art Orchestra, the big band of Max-Bruch-Musikschule in Bergisch Gladbach, and, together with two other orchestras prizewinner of national German orchestra competition for jazz orchestra 1996 in Gera.

Giving workshops for jazz arrangement and harmonic theory, big band, combo, jazz piano
on behalf of the Goethe-Institute,
councils of music of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and the Land Berlin,
the colleges of music in Frankfurt, Essen and Dresden,
the college of music in Rostow (former USSR),
the university of Illinois (USA),
the college of music in Wittebsk (former USSR)
and many more.

Jury member of national and international jazz and improvised music competition on behalf of the councils of music of the Land Berlin, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hessen, Lower Saxony (soloists, combo and big band)

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