Place of Birth: Syracuse, New York (USA)
2009: completed Doctorate at the Free University of Berlin with the grade “cum laude”. Theme of the Dissertation: The “Young” Ernst Krenek. The Transition from Tonality to Atonality. 1919 – 1921. Advisor: Professor Dr. Emeritus Rudolf Stephan.
1979 – 1983: Musicology Major at the University of Munich.
1984: Masters: Major in Musicology with minors in Medieval Latin and Modern History. Master’s Thesis: Charles Ives `”Concord Sonata”.
1982 – 1984: Composition with George Byrd.
1977 - 1979: Move to Munich. Piano studies with Greville Rothon and Wolfgang Leibnitz.
1976: Private piano studies with William Goodrum at the Syracuse University.
1971 – 1975: Music Studies at Boston in Conservatory with a Bachelor in Music Education. My main Instruments were Piano and Voice.
I studied music composition with Dr. Earl George at Syracuse University during the summer semesters.
2016 – 2020: Piano accompaniment for Michael Schirmer’s programs: Mir ham se als geheilt entlassen, La Vie En Rose, Mein kleiner, grüner Kaktus, Das macht die Berliner Luft, Ich wollt‘, ich wär ein Huhn, Fenster meines Lebens und Der krumme Weihnachtsbaum.
I accompanied the soprano Christina Harslem.
I accompanied the soprano Rachel Hamm.
I accompanied the group “Made in Germany”.
2013/2014: Piano accompaniment for Gerome Castell’s program Aber schön war es doch – a Homage to Hildegard Knef.
2011/2010: Ensemble Stilbruch - Performances at different events including the “Castle Night” in Potsdam with the ensemble “Lingua Cantat.
Piano accompaniment for Gerome Castell’s program Torch Songs from the Heart….to Sing.
2009: Ensemble Stilbruch
Piano accompaniment for Elke Queerbeet’s program War Einmal ein Revoluzzer – An Erich Mühsam program.
2006-2008: Solo performances and accompaniment of singers.
2004/2005: Piano accompaniment of different literature programs.
2002: Forgotten Memories - An evening with German folk songs. Direction and concept was from and by Matthias Zahlbaum.
2000: Several performances with my solo program Everything Classic in the foyer of the Hilton Hotel in Berlin.
1999: Kleist Theater – Frankfurt/Oder: Piano accompaniment of theatre performances with the director Manfred Weber: The Unexpected One and an adaptation of Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow with the actress Lisa Schnell for the “Kleist Festival”.
1998: Dan Productions: Piano accompaniment for the scenic reading Massel und Schamassel with the actor Manfred Kloss. This was a touring production with performances in Bremerhafen, Nuremberg and the Shakespeare Theatre in Bremen.
Dan Productions: A Jewish Family Evening. I accompanied Jewish songs and provided the musical accompaniment for the program.
1993 – 1997: Piano accompaniment of different chanson singers.
1991/ 1992: Theaterhaus Jena: Guest pianist with the house ensemble in the opera The Telephone by Gian-Carlo Menotti.
1991: Festival d’Avignon: Guest pianist with the Ernst Busch School for Theatre: The Telephone and Sinfonietta.
1988: Theater im Zimmer: People Have to Change for the 15th anniversary of the death of Ingeborg Bachmann. The piano accompaniment for a reading with music by H.W. Henze.
1987: Political “Kabarett” with Jurgen Mumm and Chris Kurbjuhn: Kein Querulant in dieser Zeit.
1980 – 1985: Solo piano performances with music by American composers.
COMPOSITION COMMISSIONS AND ARRANGEMENTS
2019: Arrangements for the program Das macht die Berliner Luft.
2018: World Premiere of the piano piece Metamorphisms of Four Rose Songs.
2011/2010: Arrangements for the program Torch Songs from the Heart….to Sing
1999: Kleist Theatre – Frankfurt/Oder: Commissions for music to the scenic reading by Manfred Weber The Unexpected Person and Give Him the Car and Hang Him for the Kleist Festival.
1993: Altstadt Theater in Spandau: Choral and piano arrangement for the Song of the Elks from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night Dream for the play Midsummer Night’s Dream by Shakespeare.
1992: Gallery Ermer: Music for the installation La tomb de la Prusse.
1991: Cabaret program: The Air is clear. I wrote the music to lyrics by Helmut Seliger.
1988: Gallery Zindel and Grabner: Exhibition with music: Music Paintings. Music: Colors of an Exhibition. (Sheet music is published by the Music Publisher Stegmann MVS 101)
1987: Kein Querulant in dieser Zeit: Music for the lyrics and music to the program.
Blues for Mr. Chandler. I arranged Billie Holiday songs.
1986: Theatre Winterquartier in Munich. Director Andreas Hänsel. Commission for the theatre piece Geier Suite.
MUSICAL DIRECTOR/ CONDUCTOR
2009: New Berliner “Scala” Theatre: Musical Director for the Musical Nunsens.
1991: Di Miro/M.A.R.A.M. Opera –Dance: The Shear or I Would Like to Stick Into Your Skin.
1990: In the Crossfire of Critic: Kain Karawahn and Rolf Baumgart. This was a presentation of international video artists in Second German Television.
No Name Ensemble: three short Operas: The Theatre Director by W.A. Mozart, La Serva Padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and The Telephone by Gian-Carlo Menotti.
Vocal Coaching and Vocal Accompaniment
Chanson: Specialist in Edith Piaf songs, Berlin songs of the 20, 30’s and 40’s.
I coach musical, opera, and operetta.
Special topics: Charles Ives and Ernst Krenek (the early works)eitig während des Sommersemesters jenes Jahres Komposition an der Syracuse University mit Prof. Dr. Earl George.