Born in a family of musicians, I was in contact with music pretty much from the earliest moments of my life. From the day I began to teach myself Guitar at the age of 15, autodidactic learning became an integral part of my musical development, I have maintained this philosophy with composing and orchestration. For a of couple of years I was mentored by Robin Hoffmann, who taught me a lot about music and the orchestra not just as a body of sound, but as a collection of individual human beings with very individual needs, desires and artistic intentions. 

Growing up listening to a diverse range of genres (such as Metal, Rock, Hip Hop and Jazz) offered me an unusual insight into worlds of music that, to this day, play a role in my orchestral work. Only in my early twenties I found my excitement for orchestral music, this passion has been a steadily growing constant since then.

 

My work has been performed by several orchestras such as the Jena Philharmonics, German Pops Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger LakesBavarian Philharmonics, Baden-Baden Philharmonics or Sorbian National Ensemble.

East West Symphony with Masaa, Bernd Ruf with Baden-Baden Philharmonics
East West Symphony with Masaa, Bernd Ruf with Baden-Baden Philharmonics

In 2016 I contributed the official “Main Menu Theme” for the upcoming Unreal Tournament game, developed by the highly successful game developer Epic Games. I also composed additional music for Levels and official community content (Soundcloud Playlist).


In the same year the Baden-Baden Philharmonics premiered some of my orchestral works, in addition to these performances I was also involved in a “Film music and composing workshop” with students from local schools.

 

In 2016 I composed the soundtrack of the game “Hover Cubes Arena”, developed by the studio formerly known as Gametology. In the following year I worked as an arranger and orchestrator on several projects such as East West Symphony” with ethnic Jazz Quartet Masaa. For “Rock Revue 2017” I arranged music from Queen, Amy Whinehouse, the 5th Dimension and The Eagles.  I also worked as an arranger for the Bridges to Classics” concert with Eric Bazillian, which was part of the Händel Festspiele in Halle.

 

Kontra K with Band, Pavel Baleff with Baden-Baden Philharmonics
Kontra K with Band, Pavel Baleff with Baden-Baden Philharmonics

In late 2017 I released my second album “We’re Going on an Adventure” which is a modern symphonic suite with the aim of combining concert and film music into one emotional story of color and melody.

 

In early 2018 I was the arranger for the successful production of “Die Beste Nacht – Kontra K”, a cooperation between Das Ding and Baden-Baden Events - a clash of orchestra and Rap music. In the summer of 2018 my work “Kheer Tal” was premiered by the Baden-Baden Philharmonics.  “Kheer Tal” is a suite for Morin Khuur (also known as Horsehead Fiddle), Tuvan throat singing and orchestra dedicated to my friend Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig.

 

At the beginning of 2019 I was commissioned to compose the music for the "Sagennacht 2019", an annual play organized by the Sorbische National-Ensemble GmbH. 60 minutes of music for small orchestra and choir, including vocal work in Uppersorbian, which only a few people can still speak.

In June of the same year, my piece "Cherry Blossom Dance" was premiered in Baden-Baden by the Baden-Baden Philharmonics and Judith Kubitz as conductor. For a concert featuring Franzisco Araiza I arranged works of Brahms for the Pianistenclub München. Some time later in the year the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes and conductor Toshiyuki Shimada performed The White Messengers, as a US-Premiere, in New York.

In early 2021 "East West Symphony Hiwar" was released, the recording features Masaa and the Jena Philharmonics. Hiwar has been nominated for the Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik in categories "Crossover" and "World Music".