Markus Stockhausen

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Markus Stockhausen
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Markus Stockhausen, TFF Rudolstadt, 2009
Background information
Born (1957-05-02)May 2, 1957
Cologne, Germany
Genres Jazz, classical, avant-garde
Occupation(s) Musician, composer
Instruments Trumpet
Years active 1990s–present
Labels ECM, Aktivraum
Associated acts Karlheinz Stockhausen

Markus Stockhausen (born May 2, 1957) is a German trumpeter and composer. His recordings and performances have typically alternated between jazz and chamber or opera music, the latter often in collaboration with his father, composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.


Born in Cologne, he is the son of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. At age four he appeared as "child at play" in his father's theatre piece Originals. He received his first piano lessons at age six, and at age twelve he began to play the trumpet. He attended the music secondary school in Cologne.

From 1974 he studied at the Cologne Musikhochschule, where he began on piano with Klaus Oldemeyer, then classical trumpet with R. Platt and jazz trumpet with Manfred 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.[citation needed]

Already in 1974 Markus began to cooperate intensively with his father. The trumpet parts of the following works were written for and premièred by him: Sirius 1975–77 (with Aries 1980); Thursday from Light 1978–81 (especially the major parts in Examination, Michael's Journey around the Earth, Dragon-Fight, Vision, and the Thursday Farewell); Saturday from Light (Upper-Lip-Dance, 1984); Tuesday from Light (Invasion, Pietà, 1990–91); Europa-Gruss (1992); Michaels-Ruf, version for four trumpets (1978/1994); Trumpetent (1995); In Freundschaft (version for trumpet, 1998). In addition, his father composed cadenzas to the trumpet concertos by Haydn and Leopold Mozart for him.[citation needed]

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– ) and the performance lila with sculptor Norbert Müller-Everling at Leverkusener Jazztage. Partners today are Simon Stockhausen (keyboards, saxophone), Enrique Díaz, Arild Andersen (bass), Patrice Héral (percussion), the Hungarian guitar virtuoso Ferenc Snétberger, Antoine Hervé (piano), Angelo Comisso (piano) and Mark Nauseef (percussion), the pianist Fabrizio Ottaviucci and in the duo "Moving Sounds" he performs together with the Dutch clarinetist Tara Bouman, with whom he has lived and worked since the year 2002.[citation needed]

Concerts and festival appearances, also for the Goethe Institute, have taken him around the world. His main interest as a trumpeter is improvised and contemporary music; therefore, 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,[citation needed] and in November 2008 he gave the first performance of Freedom Variations, a composition for trumpet and chamber ensemble written by Italian composer Lorenzo Ferrero.[1] The classical repertoire he plays on request only. He increasingly performs his own music, also giving solo performances with intuitive music, often in churches.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed] Recently he composed Choral and Sehnsucht for jazz trio and orchestra. New works have been commissioned and performed by the London Sinfonietta and the Musikkollegium Winterthur.


  • Aparis (ECM, 1989)
  • Cosi Lontano...Quasi Dentro (ECM, 1991)
  • Köln Musik Fantasy (1991)
  • Stockhausen: Michaels Reise (ECM, 1992)
  • Despite the Fire-Fighters' Efforts... (Polygram/ECM/Universal, 1993)
  • New Colours of Piccolo Trumpet (EMI Classics, 1993)
  • Stockhausen: Oberlippentanz; Ave; Tierkreis (Trio-Version) (Stockhausen-Verlag, 1993)
  • Stockhausen: Markus Trumpete (Stockhausen-Verlag, 1994)
  • Clown (EMI, 1995)
  • Possible Worlds (CMP, 1995)
  • Cologne Music Fantasy (Largo, 1996)
  • Sol Mestizo (ACT, 1996)
  • Markus Stockhausen Plays Karlheinz Stockhausen (EMI Classics, 1998)
  • Solo I (Aktivraum, 2000)
  • Still Light (MA, 2000)
  • In Deiner Nahe (Aktivraum, 2001)
  • Karta (ECM, 2001)
  • Close to You (Aktivraum, 2001)
  • Lichtblick: Prima, Altrove... (Aktivraum, 2004)
  • Nonduality (Aktivraum, 2004)
  • Thinking About (Aktivraum, 2004)
  • Mozart, La Nuit Jazz 'n' Groove (Nocturne, 2005)
  • Es War Einmal...Instanti Infiniti (Aktivraum, 2007)
  • Streams (Enja, 2007)
  • Abendglühen (Aktivraum, 2008)
  • Electric Treasures: Live in Bonn (Aktivraum, 2008)
  • No Matter (Metastation, 2008)
  • Symbiosis: Werke von Markus Stockhausen für Klarinette und Trompete und Streichorchester (Aktivraum, 2008)
  • Other Presences (Sargasso, 2008)
  • Symphonic Colours (2009)
  • Spaces & Spheres: Intuitive Music (Wergo, 2013)
  • Markus Stockhausen and the Metropole Orkest (Intuition, 2013)
  • Atlas (2015)
  • Alba (ECM/Universal, 2016)[2]

As sideman[edit]

With Rainer Brüninghaus

With Ralph Towner


  1. ^ Anon. "Evento: Sonata Islands—Jazz & Notation: 25.11.2008 Archived 2011-07-25 at the Wayback Machine.", Teatro del Verme, Provincia de Milano website (Accessed 28 January 2011).
  2. ^ "Markus Stockhausen | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 


  • Sanz, Pablo (2006). "Markus Stockhausen, una mirada fuera de plano". Scherzo: Revista de música 21, no. 210 (July–August): 136–37.
  • Tarr, Edward H. (2001). "Stockhausen, Markus". The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, edited by Stanley Sadie and John Tyrrell. London: Macmillan Publishers.

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