About me

What I am all about

I am a musician, music teacher, composer, songwriter, improvisor, pianist, vocalist, guitarist, and I also play a number of other instruments to some degree such as all keyboard instruments, bass, ukulele, percussions, recorder, and blues harp. 

While I do teach traditional classical piano (and guitar) to students who are interested in that (and I do love classical piano and classical music), my main ability and passion is creative music, composition, song writing, and improvisation. In my lessons I will encourage you or your child to learn music as a way of expressing your own feelings and musical ideas, rather than replicating other people. I have a genuine love and deep understanding of music theory. I teach it in a way that is fun and as a means to express yourself, rather than a dry academic study

 

My story

My musical interest comes from my Mum. Like me, she is a multi-instrumentalist and was a music teacher at the local elementary school in the little town in the South West of Germany where I grew up. She started teaching me the recorder when I was 6 years old. It was also her who encouraged me to take up the guitar as my next instrument.

Music and the guitar became the main interest in my life when I discovered hard rock and heavy metal (despite, or possibly because of my Mum’s displeasure). I started writing my own songs and lyrics when I was around 15 years old and joined my first band when I was 16. Hard rock paved the way for me to discover the rock music of the seventies and the sixties. Further explorations into the roots of rock music taught me about the blues. Blues, again, is also the root jazz. 

Jazz and in particular a life changing Herbie Hancock concert in London motivated me to become a pianist. I had bought my first keyboard as a tool to compose and produce music, but, at that time, didn’t dream of becoming a performing pianist so late in life. However, piano improvisation got me hooked like nothing else in life. Consequently, my interest in jazz improvisation kept growing, and so did my appreciation of the beauty of the sound of the piano. More than anything, however, it is the orchestral nature of the piano, the possibility to play combinations of bass, harmonies, and melodies that, inevitably, turned the piano into my main instrument and greatest passion. 

Finally, writing my own songs made me want to become a better singer as well. While I always have loved singing, since I was a kid (and I had some choir training then as well) I only started with serious singing lessons around about the some time when I started performing as a singer not so many years ago.

I also had a little side career as a cognitive neuroscience, where I wrote my PhD thesis about the neuroscience of learning. This knowledge obtained during my years of research about how the brain learns still informs my approach to teaching.

Before settling in the UK, I have lived in Germany, Indonesia, USA, Netherlands, and the beautiful South of France.

Favourite Musicians: Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Igor Stravinsky,  Arnold Schoenberg,  John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Chick Corea, ACDC, Bjork, Darryl Syms.

Other Interests:

 
  • Writing and Language
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Philosophy and Neuroscience
  • Running, Swimming, Cycling 
  • Hiking and Nature
  • Other Cultures and Languages
  • Plants and Animals
  • Vegan Cooking
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