Born in Hannover (Germany)

Studies at Musikhochschule Hannover. Student of Prof. Helmuth Pallushek

1983 – 1985 Member of the Herbert-von-Karajan Stiftung of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Since 1985 Principal Soloclarinet of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

Ensembles: Ludwig Chamber Players | STUTTGART WINDS | newers.ensemble | Duo with Mako Okamoto, piano

Equipment: JOSEF Woodwind Manufacture | Ligaphone, Paris

Album Label: TACET | Hänssler Classic | SWRmusic

I can look back on a time with many great experiences and fantastic colleagues. These range from the wind orchestra of my home village, the orchestra of the “Theater des Westens” in Berlin, the Bavarian State Opera, up to the Berlin Philharmonic in 1983.
Since 1985 I have been principal clarinet player with the SWR Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra) and had the privilege of experiencing and learning from the ranks of the great Maestri and soloists of the last century as a member of a wonderful orchestra. Among my most influential teachers, however, are Prof. Helmuth Pallushek – my teacher and musical foster-father in Hannover, Prof. Helen Donath – soprano and singing professor in Hannover, Thomas Brandis – former concert master of the Berlin Philharmonic, Heinz Holliger – source of ideas, chamber music partner and teacher – and Sir Roger Norrington – principal conductor of the Stuttgart RSO for many years.
I owe Heinz Holliger my constant efforts to contemporary music and a fine recording of Claude Debussy’s Première Rhapsodie (SWR music). I pay homage to Sir Roger’s musical language on my CD with the clarinet works of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart (TACET). Other CDs with works by Charles Koechlin, Robert Schumann, Paul Hindemith and a wide-ranging French repertoire have been released on the Hänssler classic and TACET labels.

Next to the orchestra, chamber music takes up most of my time. For many years, it has been the Ludwig Chamber Players that have provided a lot of work and great experiences. I have also made most of my arrangements for this mixed string and wind ensemble. Our Prokofiev Chamber Music CD, with the “Visions fugitives” (TACET 222) arranged by me, was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in 2017.

In addition to invitations to international festivals, including Ferrara, Schwetzingen, Salzburg or the Rheingau Music Festival, trips to Japan are a recurring pleasure in my schedule. . Since 2010 I have been working with the brilliant Japanese woodwind instrument maker Yukio Nakamura (JOSEF Woodwind Manufacture, Okinawa). In addition, wonderful friendships and projects have developed with Prof. Mako Okamoto (piano), Kei Shirai (violin), Gen Yokosaka (cello) and Ryutaro Hei (double bass). Among others, a moving recording of Olivier Messiaen the “Quatuor pour la fin de temps” by NHK, Tokyo.

Aoyama music award

2024/ March 02.

Barocksaal Kyoto, Japan

My pianist Prof. Mako Okamoto and I received the Aoyama Music Award for our concert with the programme "Traumgekrönt" on 18 March 2023. The award ceremony will also take place on 2 March 2024 in the Kyoto Baroque Hall.
Many thanks to Laura-Erika Nakamura from Josef Woodwind Manufacture, who took great care of the concert organisation.
The Aoyama Music Award is a prestigious Japanese music prize that is awarded once a year. The winners are honoured for their achievements and their potential for the further development of music.
The prize is endowed with JPY 2,000,000.

September/29 Concert Chișinău

Weber clarinet concerto no. 1

2023/ September 29. 18:00 Palatul Republicii Chișinău, Moldova
At the end of September, I will hand over an oboe as a donation from the SWR Symphony Orchestra to the Philharmonic Orchestra in Chișinău, Republic of Moldova. As a musical greeting, I will perform the Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in F minor by C. M. von Weber with the orchestra at its season opening.

Mountain City Summer 2023

Festival Bergstadtsommer

2023/ September 02. - 09.
Sankt Georgen im Schwarzwald

This year, my long-time chamber music partner Gen Yokosaka (cello) is expected at the Bergstadt Summer. In addition to works by Elgar and Dvorak at the orchestra concert, we will play some of my arrangements of Johann Strauss, Leos Weiner and Kurt Weil at the opening concert. We have invited Susanne Zagar-Swiridoff as a current composer.

Traumgekrönt in Kyoto

Recital with Mako Okamoto, Piano

2023/ March 18. 17:00 Barocksaal Kyoto, Japan
My romance journey begins in the nice Barocksaal in Kyoto

Donaueschinger Musiktage 2023

Figaro with Kyogen Theater

10.03. Osaka12.03. Tokyo


With my Swiss wind colleagues, the KlangArt Ensemble, we are part of a performance of “La nozze de figaro”, which includes four different Japanese and German art forms.