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Biography of Markus Stockhausen

Markus Stockhausen was born in 1957 and began playing the piano at the age of six. In 1975 he began to study piano and trumpet at the music school in Cologne. One year before his final exams he was the 1981 winner of the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb prize. Since then he has regularly performed as a soloist, including many premieres such as the trumpet concerto “Jet Stream” composed for him by Peter Eötvös in 2002 and performed for the first time with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London. He is also a regular guest at renowned international music festivals.

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Markus Stockhausen is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. He is as much at home in jazz as in contemporary and classical music. For about 25 years he collaborated closely with his father, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who composed many beautiful works for him. With his brother Simon he realised several internationally acclaimed musical projects.
As soloist, improviser and composer Markus Stockhausen is in international demand. He leads or collaborates in various ensembles with musicians like Arild Andersen, Patrice Héral, Mark Nauseef, Jörg Brinkmann, Angelo Comisso, Christian Thomé, Ferenc Snétberger, Florian Weber, and plays intuitive music in the duo Moving Sounds with his wife the clarinettist Tara Bouman. His group Eternal Voyage features musicians from India, the Netherlands and Lebanon. From the year 2000 until 2010 he directed a concert series called Klangvisionen with intuitive music in the church of St. Maternus in Cologne. Rolf Zavelberg was responsible for the artistic light design. His recent project is called Wild Life, with seven musicians, including his brother Simon Stockhausen.

As a composer he has received commissions from, among others, the RIAS Chamber Choir, The London Sinfonietta, the Orchestra d‘Archi Italiana, the Winterthur Chamber Orchestra, the Cheltenham Music Festival and the 12 Cellists from the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2007 he wrote “Tanzendes Licht“ for trumpet, big band and string orchestra for the Swiss Jazz Orchestra and the Camerata Bern, as well as “Symbiosis“, a double concerto for clarinet and trumpet with string orchestra, comissioned by the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra. In 2009 he composed “Oliver’s Adventures“ for children’s orchestra and choir, in 2011 “Yin“ and “Yang“ for the Metropole Orchestra, premiered at the Muziekgebouw Amsterdam for the Holland Festival. Also in 2011 he wrote “GeZEITen“ for about 600 musicians, comissioned by the Niedersächsische Musiktage in Cuxhaven. In 2012: “Ein Glasperlenspiel“ for solo trumpet and accordeon orchestra, 2013: “Das Erwachende Herz“ for solo trumpet, clarinet and voice and symphony orchestra, commissioned and performed by the Hamburger Symphoniker. A new work for the WDR Funkhausen Orchestra will be premiered in May 2020.

Markus Stockhausen also teaches in various situations, including “Creative Trumpet Playing”, “Intuitive Music and More” and “Singing and Silence”, which also has a spiritual dimension. To date he has released or participated in more than 90 CDs on famous labels such as ECM, SONY/OKeh, EMI classics, ENJA, Aktivraum and many more. In 2005 he was the winner of the WDR jazz prize, 2017 he won the the JTI Jazz Award, in 2018 the Echo Jazz Price, in 2021 the German Jazz Prize as best brass musician.

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Markus Stockhausen, born in 1957, trumpeter and composer is well-known as a versatile artist, at home in many genres. For 25 years he performed with his father the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who wrote numerous works for him. As a trumpeter he performs on the international stage and he has composed among others for the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Sinfonietta, the Metropole Orkest, the Swiss jazz Orchestra and the Camerata Bern, the Hamburger Symphoniker and for the Norddeutsche Philharmonische Akkordeonorchester. In 2005 he was awarded the WDR-Jazz Prize as the best improviser. He gives courses on “Intuitive Music and More” and for the last ten years he has been giving seminars on “Singing and Silence”. He is particularly interested in “Transformation through Sound”.