Biography

My musical development began with piano lessons in 1998 at the age of 5 years. As a second instrument I received a Baby Taylor guitar for Christmas in 2000 and my father became my teacher. Subsequently, as my fascination to play the guitar kept increasing my idea to study music matured. In preparation for the pre-entry examination, I was taught by Bernd Kiltz. Supplementary singing lessons I received from Vera Nicklas (Vocallessons.de). In 2012 I started my studies for pop music design at the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg with a major in guitar. My guitar lecturers were Peter Wölpl (Billy Cobham, Klaus Lage, Falco), Jan Zehrfeld (Panzerballett) und Michael „Kosho“ Koschorreck (Söhne Mannheims). In my minor subject for Piano I was taught by Axel Schwarz (Jule Neigel, Guildo Horn) and Matthias „Maze“ Leber (Söhne Mannheims, Xavier Naidoo, Rebekka Bakken).

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I’ve attended additional guitar workshops and master classes at:

  • Frank Haunschild (John Abercrombie)
  • Hanno Busch (Heavy Tones)
  • Frank Gambale (Chick Corea)
  • Wayne Krantz (Steely Dan, Chris Potter)
  • Jack Pisters (Pop School of Amsterdam, Avalon)
  • Gagey Mrozeck (Herbert Grönemeyer)

I’ve taken additional workshops on different content and themes with the following teachers:

  • Frank Itt (Jule Neigel, Till Brönner)
  • Udo Dahmen (Kraan, Sarah Brightman, Nina Hagen)
  • Florian Sitzmann (Söhne Mannheims, Nena)
  • Alex Paeffgen (Kenny Werner)
  • Lui Ludwig (Jazzpistols)
  • Daniel Jakobi (Lothar Kosse)
  • Christoph Sauer (Max Herre)
  • Oliver Poschmann (We Will Rock You, West Side Story)
  • Michelle Leonard (Songwriting)
  • Masen Abou-Dakn (Writing)
  • Patt Pattinson (Berklee Collage of Music; Texten)
  • Darcy Proper (Mastering)
  • Markus Born (Producing)
  • Oliver Curdt (Producing/Livetechnique)
  • Arno Müller (Producing)
  • Bettina Habekost (Performance)

My current projects as a live guitarist are Senorita and Lezola. You can find out more details under “My Projects.”I also work play guitar and sing for various cover bands and groups playing events. Learn more about my work as a coach and teacher under “Lessons.”

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During my free time, I pursue my second passion of sport climbing, an ideal way to keep balance in my life. Climbing trains my physical and mental strength and gives me the ability to concentrate and encourages creativity to overcome difficult passages. It requires constant calculations and weighing of risks and demands a high degree of flexibility in changing situations.