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. 80 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.
After a part-time teaching contract at the Academy of Music ”Hanns Eisler” Berlin, since 1996 he has been a fulltime lecturer there, teaching harmony and aural training.
In July 2005 he was appointed managing director of the Jazz Institute Berlin, which was founded jointly by the HfM and UdK.
Volker Greve was born in 1962 .
1980 : 1st prize in the national competition "Jugend musiziert".
Music Academy Düsseldorf: Percussion with F. Haus
Music Academy Köln:
Jazz composition / arrangement with Peter Herbholzheimer, Jerry van Rooyen & Axel Jungbluth,piano with Frank Wunsch & Hinrich Frank, vibraphone with Tom Vandergeld.
1986 – 91: head of the jazz department at the Niederrheinischen Musikschule Duisburg 1991 - 94: tutor in the jazz department of the Academy of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin
Since 2002: part-time contract at the Academy of Music Berlin (studio band)
USA, Russian federation countries, France, Poland, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Germany (currently: trio with Volker Schlott & Jimmi Roger Pedersen,
Euro Jazz Night (ARD), Jazz Jamboree (TVO, ORF), Jazz Fest Berlin (SFB), Jazz Woche Hannover (NDR), Solo Duo Trio Krakau (TVP), Jazz Nad Odra (TVP), Jazz Focus (ORB), Kölner Jazzhaus Festival (WDR).
Studio: GREVE STUDIO ;Recordings:
Jazz e.g. Rolf von Nordenskjöld Orchestra, Mike Stern
Chanson e.g. Klaus Hofmann (band and orchestra)
Classical e.g. Dresdner Sinfoniker, classical recordings for VW laser show, film music e.g. ”Halbe Treppe“, ”Kalt ist der Abendhauch“ (Kaufmann / Senator Film), ”Solino“ (Fatih Akin), ”Black Box BRD” (Andres Veiel), ”Weihnachten“(Boje-Buck)
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.