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Markus Stockhausen Biography

Stockhausen, Markus Pirol (b Cologne, 2 May 1957). German trumpeter and composer, son of Karlheinz Stockhausen. At age four he appeared as child at play in his father’s theatre piece ORIGINALS. He was 6, when he received his first piano lessons and at age 12 he began to play the trumpet. He attended the music secondary school in Cologne.

From 1974 he studied at the Cologne Musikhochschule first piano with Klaus Oldemeyer, then classical trompet with R. Platt and jazz trumpet with M. Schoof, graduating in 1982. Further studies between 1978 and 1983 were with P. Thibaud, C. Caruso, T. Stevens and C. Groth. His jazz and classical débuts were in 1974 with the group „Key“ at the Newcomer Jazz Festival in Frankfurt and in 1976 in his father’s SIRIUS at the Washington Bicentennial. In 1981 he was the winner of the German Music Competition.

Already in 1974 Markus began to cooperate intensively with his father. The trumpet parts of the following works were written for and premiered by him: SIRIUS 1975-76 (with ARIES 1977); THURSDAY from LIGHT 1978-81 (especially the major parts in EXAMINATION, MICHAEL´S JOURNEY AROUND THE EARTH, DRAGON-FIGHT, VISION); SATURDAY from LIGHT (UPPER-LIP-DANCE 1984); TUESDAY from LIGHT (INVASION, PIETÀ 1990-92); IN FREUNDSCHAFT (1998).

In addition to his activities as a soloist, he has played in and led various jazz ensembles, the quintet „Key“ (1974-79), Rainer Brüninghaus Group (1980-84), Kairos (1985-90), Aparis (1989-96), various formations with the chilean bass player Enrique Diaz (1989-), Possible Worlds (1995-). Partners today are Simon Stockhausen (keyboards, saxofone), Enrique Diaz, Arild Andersen (bass) , Patrice Héral (percussion), the hungarian guitar virtuoso Ferenc Snétberger, Antoine Hervé (piano), Angelo Comisso (piano) and Mark Nausseef (perc) , the pianist Fabrizio Ottaviucci and in the duo „Moving Sounds“ he performs together with clarinetist Tara Bouman, with whom he lives and works since the year 2000.

Concerts and Festival appearences, also for the Goethe Institut, have taken him around the world. His main interest as a trumpeter is improvised and contemporary music. In February 2003 he premiered „Jetstream“ for trumpet and orchestra, which was written for him by Peter Eötvös, who also conducted the premiere in London with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The classical repertoire he plays on request only. He increasingly performs his own music, also giving solo performances with intuitive music, often in churches.

As a composer he has, in close collaboration with his brother Simon, written several film and theatre scores and created two open-air spectacles for the 5th and 10th anniversaries of the Philharmonic Hall in Cologne, with 70.000 and 100.000 spectators respectively. Recently he composed „Choral“ and „Sehnsucht“ for jazztrio and orchestra. New works have been comissioned and performed by The London Sinfonietta and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.

An extensive discography documents his achievements (ECM, AKTIVRAUM, CMP, ACT, ENJA, Stockhausen-Verlag). From 1992 until 1998 he has been under contract with EMI Classics, which have produced „New Colours of Piccolo Trumpet“ (1993), „Clown“ „Jubilee“ (1996) and „Stockhausen plays Stockhausen“. His last releases are „Markus Stockhausen „Solo I“, „Close to you“, „Thinking About“ and „Karta“ (ECM). For more information please visit Markus Stockhausen‘s website:

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