Science, theory and media
[eartraining, theory, arranging, computer,
Head of Department science, theory and media]
Björn Sickert was born in Stuttgart in 1963. He took lessons in double bass and E-Bass with Peter Schönfeld, Peter Christl, Dieter Ilg and Thomas Heidepriem, later adding tuba as third instrument. The writing of music has always held a great fascination for him.
At the Berklee College of Music in Boston he studied bass, arranging and composition. During this time he had the opportunity to tour extensively on the east coast of the USA with jazz, rock and fusion ensembles and to work in studios in Boston and Nashville. On completion of his studies he moved to Berlin. He worked for show stars of the German music business, toured the German-speaking world with various musicals and played bass in Berlin’s well-known theatres. As a member of freelance orchestras and big bands he toured Europe, South America and parts of Africa. Alongside work on his own compositions for varied orchestrations, he wrote c. 250 commissions for larger ensembles, e.g. Theater des Westens, Friedrichstadtpalast, Hessischer Rundfunk, ... and worked as bass player or arranger for many major label and small label productions.
He acts as advisor for the music and music software industry, is a music producer, was product manager for online platforms and gained useful experience as a freelancer in the advertising business.
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wollmann
[arrangement/composition, ensemble, bigband]
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Wollmann was born on February 10th, 1966, in Laupheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He graduated with an MA from Musikhochschule Köln, majoring in composition/arrangement, minoring in piano. His final exam concert was recorded and broadcasted by the WDR. After postgraduate studies in harmony and counterpoint he moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand, where he worked as a University lecturer for the DAAD. Thorsten completed his doctorate in composition at the University of Auckland in New Zealand in 2005. The composer was awarded with the Philip Neill Memorial Prize of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, a Best Original Soundtrack Award for his film score for New Zealand short film Promenade and he received a Doctoral Completion Award for his portfolio of compositions.
On tour concerts he performed as a soloist on trumpet/flugelhorn in West Africa (Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic), Southeast Asia (Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines), India, Mexico, Portugal and Spain. His own band, the Thorsten Wollmann Quintet, performed for the SDR, SWF and with the Cologne Radio Orchestra for the WDR. More recently he likes to play the piano in his own jazz trio.
As a composer he wrote commission works for the Cologne Radio Orchestra, the jazz orchestras of the WDR, HR, NDR, SWR & SDR, the jazz soloists Bobby Shew (USA), Tom Harell (USA), and John Taylor (UK), the German Jazz Orchestra, BUJAZZO, the German Music Festival, Bosch Musikgruppen, Ensemble Pyramide (Switzerland), Duo Concertante (Cologne), LBO Baden-Württemberg, the Trumpet Ensemble of Musikhochschule Trossingen, Saxoforte, the Südpool Ensemble and Bamberg Symphony Big Band. His music has been performed and recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Auckland Philharmonia, Karlheinz Company (Auckland), New York Philharmonia, Universal Studios Orchestra (Hollywood), Broadcasting Orchestra Sofia (Bulgaria), North University Choir (Thailand), Salamander Big Band (Indonesia), Symphonic Band of the Franz Liszt Academy (Budapest) and the Anton Bruckner Conservatory (Austria), Banda Sinfonica de la Provincia (Argentina), Südwind, Tango Fuego (Germany/Argentina), Due Boemi Di Praga (Czech), and pianist Bennett Lerner (USA).
As a conductor he has been invited by orchestras, chamber ensembles, wind bands, big bands and choirs to conduct his own compositions.
Thorsten Wollmann was awarded the Jazz Prize of the State Baden-Württemberg in 1992.
[theory Musikgymnasium C.Ph.E.Bach]
[managing director, studio]
Gert Müller comes from Wolfenbüttel (Niedersachsen) and studied trombone at the Academy of the Arts Berlin. He played in diverse jazz formations and new music ensembles at international festivals and in productions for musicals, CDs and radio. Later he was musical director and house composer of the Schiller Theatre Berlin and orchestral director of the Rias Big Band. He has taught at the Academy of Music ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin since 1995.
[eartraining, theory, Course guidance]
Peter Tenner was born in Freiburg im Breisgau in 1969. He studied school music, music theory and jazz at the Music Academies in Freiburg and Trossingen. During his studies he also trained as a teacher of Alexander technique. After graduating, he taught music theory and aural training at the Freiburg Music Academy.
From October 1999 he was head of faculty for jazz and pop at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance in Sindelfingen, near Stuttgart. Since October 2000 he has taught ”classical“ music theory, jazz theory and aural training at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler in Berlin, from October 2005 in the Jazz Institute Berlin.
He was commissioned to write big band compositions and arrangements for the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Arts and the Bavarian State Youth Jazz Orchestra.