Till Künkler, Trombone

After working in Brazil and South Africa, where Till played as second trombonist in the Free State Symphony Orchestra, he began his studies in musicology and African studies at the University of Cologne. In 2006 he began studying the trombone at the Cologne University for Music with Prof. Ulrich Flad and began playing in various orchestras, ensembles and bands. In 2010 he received a scholarship to the Mannes College for Music in New York, studying the trombone with Jim Markey and Dave Taylor. Besides playing with the Mannes Orchestra at the Lincoln Centre and Symphony Space on Broadway, he also became a member in New York world-music-fusion bands performing in several clubs in New York followed by CD productions and international tours playing concerts in cities like Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava, Prague, Cologne, Amsterdam, Hamburg, New York and New Orleans among others.
In 2012 he was admitted to the Doctor of Musical Arts Program at Manhattan School of Music and to the International Ensemble Modern Academy. He is member in several ensembles for contemporary music in Cologne like the Ensemble Garage, ensemble 20/21, gRoBA Orchestra Cologne and plays regularly in various bands and orchestras.
From 2007 to 2012 he received a scholarship from the Ev. Studienwerk Villigst. In Cologne he was awarded with the first price in the solo-trombone competition at the Cologne University for Music and he won the first price at the musicon competition in Bloemfontein, South Africa. With the Ensemble Garage he premiered works of the composers Brigitta Muntendorf, Oxana Omeltschuk, Rodrigo Lopez Klingenfuß, Niklas Seidl, Patrick Frank, Steffen Krebber, Yasutaki Inamori, Julien Jamet and Jesse Broekman.

Updated: 2012-08-22