Schlagquartett Köln



















Thomas Meixner

Boris Müller

Dirk Rothbrust

Achim Seyler

Thomas MeixnerThomas Meixner

studied with Prof. Christoph Caskel at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne.

He has been a member of the Schlagquartett Köln since 1988. He also performs with the Thürmchen Ensemble for New Music and music theatre, the Ensemble Contrasts and the group Bronsky Ritual (founded in 1993), and was a percussionist in Ensemble Köln up until 1999. He regularly takes part in projects of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik (Berlin).

Since 1989 he has often performed with MusikFabrik NRW, of which he is a founding member, and is also active as a soloist, most recently at the festivals Vienna Modern, and "Musik im 20. Jahrhundert" (Music of the 20th Century) run by Radio Saarland.

Thomas Meixner has taken part in over 300 first performances and German premieres of solo and ensemble works, and has worked together with composers such as L. Berio, M. Kagel, H. Lachenmann and Karlheinz Stockhausen.

He lives in Cologne, and teaches percussion and chamber music at the Cologne Musikhochschule.
Besides his many activities in the field of New Music, Thomas Meixner also devotes his time to making unconventional percussion instruments.

Discography / Thomas Meixner

Achim SeylerAchim Seyler

was born in Kusel, Germany, in 1968.

He took a roundabout path to becoming a percussionist, starting off as a pianist in various bands. He studied percussion 1987-1989 and 1991-1995 with Christoph Caskel at the Cologne Musikhochschule, and from 1989-2000 with Carlos Tarcha at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil. He received his diploma in Cologne.

After a short period as an orchestra musician, he now performs almost only contemporary music, and has taken part in numerous international and German work premieres.

He has been a member of the Schlagquartett Köln since 1992. In addition, he performs as a soloist, and plays regularly with MusikFabrik NRW, Ensemble Köln (until 1998), the Thürmchen Ensemble, the Rheinische Philharmonie in Koblenz, and the Kammerensemble Neue Musik (Berlin).

Dirk RothbrustDirk Rothbrust

Dirk Rothbrust studied percussion from 1986-92 at the Saar Musikhochschule and from 1992-94 at the Karlsruhe Musikhochschule. His teachers included Franz Lang and Prof. Isao Nakamura.

Since then, he has worked as a freelance musician, mainly in the New Music field. He has been a permanent member of the Schlagquartett Köln since 1995. He performs regularly with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), MusikFabrik NRW, Klangforum Wien (Vienna), and various radio orchestras, and has taken part in numerous premiere performances of solo and chamber music works, working with conductors and composers such as H. Zender, Johannes Kalitzke, P. Eötvös, V. Staub, S. Cambrelain, S. Ashbury, H Oehring, B. Thewes, G. Stäbler, David Moss, and Lauren Newton.

He also plays drum set in fringe areas of popular music, and teaches at the long-term "Jazz 2000" workshop run by the Saarland Jazz Association, as well as being percussionist in trombonist Uwe Dierksen's band project Mavis.
Dirk Rothbrust has been a member of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik (Berlin) since 2001. He lives in Cologne.

Boris Müller Boris Müller

Boris Müller studied percussion at the Trossingen Musikhochschule with Hermann Geschwendtner and Franz Lang from 1985-91. He began working with the various formations of "Musik der Jahrhunderte" (Stuttgart) while still a student, and has continued this collaboration up to the present day.

He has worked as a freelance musician since 1990, mainly in the field of contemporary music.

He regularly performs with leading New Music ensembles such as Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), Klangforum Wien (Vienna), Klangforum Heidelberg, and Varianti Stuttgart. He became a member of the Schlagquartett Köln in 2001.
In the same year, he developed the wooden percussion instruments for Helmut Lachenmann's opera "Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern" (The Little Match Girl.)

Since then, Boris Müller has also been active as an instrument maker, and has already introduced numerous innovations in the making of percussion instruments.















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