1954 born in Herne / W. Germany
music and musicology studies at Musikhochschule and University of Cologne organ studies with Marie-Claire Alain, Anton Heiller and Wolfgang Stockmeier harpsichord studies with Hugo Ruf
winner of several international organ competitions, namely competition of the ARD (Association of German Broadcasting Corporations) Munich 1979 and Grand Prix de Chartres 1982
musicological thesis: "Studies on Articulation Problems with Keyboard Instruments of the 16th to 18th Centuries" (1981)
1979–1983 organ teacher at Cologne Musikhochschule since 1983 professor for organ at Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst besides he was titular organist of St. Eberhard catholic cathedral for 25 years 1989 guest professor at Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford, Conn., USA senior researcher in the Göteborg Organ Art Center at the University of Göteborg, Sweden
concert tours throughout Europe, Northern and Southern America, Japan, Korea several recordings with music from 16th to 20th centuries jurymember of many international competitions, teacher in international masterclasses
A central part of his activities is teaching talented students from all over the world in his Stuttgart organ class. As guest professor and teacher of masterclasses he visits music academies and universities in many countries. He also teaches frequently in international organ academies, p.e. the academies of Haarlem (The Netherlands) and Göteborg (Sweden), where he also contibutes to the university's organ research project (GOArt) as a senior researcher.