I received lessons from Prof. Karl-Heinz Schlueter (Nuremberg), Prof. Erich Appel (Nuremberg, Würzburg), Prof. Klaus Schilde (Munich) and Prof. Gunhilde Cramer (Stuttgart). During my studies at the Meistersinger Conservatory in Nuremberg, I began to teach piano privately in order to build up a steady student base. The first participating students at Jugend musiziert in the eighties were so successful that I decided to leave my professional career aside to enlarge my pedagogue abilities. I am currently a private teacher, lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg since 1979 and formerly founding member, managing director and jury chair of the Nuremberg piano competition and mentor of piano methodology at the Nuremberg University of Music.
Since 1980 my students have won around 330 prizes at Jugend musiziert, including several first prize winners in the country and the federal level participating in categories such as piano solo, piano trio, piano accompaniment as well as duo valuations like piano-violin or piano-cello. In addition, my students have been awarded further promotions and prizes at national and international piano competitions (e.g. the Steinway Competition Hamburg/Berlin, the Grotrian Steinweg Piano Competition Braunschweig, the Robert Schumann Piano Competition Youth Zwickau or the Piano Competiton J.S. Bach Köthen).
In terms of piano technology, I attach great importance to relaxed piano playing, which means that certain proven techniques and movements for hand and body relaxation are taught from early easy pieces on, leading up to more difficult exercises, e.g. Chopin's Etudes. The focus is on Johann Sebastian Bach's piano work and analytic understanding of modern composers and their newly developed playing techniques (e.g. George Crumb, Macrocosm). "The way is your reward" as well as "lifelong learning - no standstill"; I try to convey both. Furthermore, learning the Japanese language is a big hobby of mine. Since the accident in Fukushima, I have been very committed to helping in Japan due to my connection to the country and culture. I organize several benefit concerts to support a children's home near Fukushima and personally got an idea of the great need on site in Fukushima. More information can be found here.