It was in 2010 that my friend, mentor, and teacher, Ian Bousfield, introduced me to Thomas Lubitz, who is the Artist Relations Manager in Europe at Yamaha. The concert that night was with the „Bochumer Symphoniker,“ which I knew well after playing 6 years in Dortmund, and featured Ian, at that time principal trombonist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Stefan Schulz, bass trombonist of the Berlin Philharmonic, and me as solists. I did feel a little small for my shoes, but had a role and somehow managed. Shortly after this concert, Yamaha offered a contract which has been truly a blessing.
I think some players can play any instrument and sound good. Throughout the years, the metal in my hands has been made by different craftsmen. Every day consists of curiosity in making a better sound. There will never be the perfect instrument. For me, the closest to perfection is something in which you can speak through in the most effortless manner and are able to say exactly what is in your heart.
This masterclass/recital is happening because of a friend of over 20 years and great musician, Jonathan Hammill, who has generously organized it. I’m looking forward to great sushi!