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Since the early nineties Michael Gustorff has been teaching jazz & pop music for string instruments (violin, viola, cello), ensembles and mental training at the ArtEZ Conservatory Arnhem (The Netherlands) and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany).
In addition, he gave workshops at conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Zwolle, Enschede, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Essen, Mainz, Gent, Antwerp, Vienna, Barcelona, Seoul, the University Witten /Herdecke and music schools in Dieren, Wuppertal, Solingen, Siegen, Hagen, Leverkusen, Neukirchen-Vlyun and Bangalore (India).

Over the years, players of many different instruments and vocalists have taken lessons from him.

Michael Gustorff teaching

Teaching in Bangalore (India)

 

 

Studies

If you want to study jazz violin/viola or violoncello to become a professional, please contact the the ArtEZ Conservatory in Arnhem (The Netherlands) or the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln (Cologne, Germany).

Here’s a list of professional jazz & pop string players who studied with Michael Gustorff:
Jasper Le Clercq, Oene van Geel, Friedmar Hitzer, Aili Deiwicks, Tessa Zoutendijk, Christian van Hemert, Hannes Schindler, Valentin Gregor, Raphael Armin, Eva Sterk, Kassandra Papak, David Engler, Eckhard Limberg, Edzard Model, Radek Stawarz, Clemens Maassen, Benedikt Hoelker, Steven Bolarinwa, Axel Lindner, Zuzana Leharova, Joerg Brinkmann, Jan Weichsel, Daniel Brandl, Antje Vetter, Chris Huwer, Ingmar Meissner, Marie Loesche, Julia Alexandra Busch, Rik Sturtewagen, Jeroen Goegebuer, Mario Illes, Tuuli Suominen, Carolin Pook, Daniel Avi Schneider, Anne Bakker, Florian Vogel, Frank Brempel, Beate Wolff, Anna-Sophie Becker, Elisabeth Fügemann, Veit Steinmann, Francis Norman, Paul Diemer, Beate Starken Paul Rittel, Roosmarijn Tuenter, Mirco Wessolly, Joon Laukamp, Pauline Moser, Judith Döhn, Coco Kausch, Julia Brüssel, Benjamin Landmann.

 

Comments

From Michael 'the guru of jazz violin' Gustorff I learned a lot!

Rik Sturtewagen, jazz violin player, Brussels

 

The reason I am telling you all this... I wouldn't have been able to handle recording & bringing out my 1st CD, if you hadn’t been my teacher and 'guru'. So many times I've found myself using all that you taught me as 'back-up'. Not that I want to make this an 'Oscar-speech', but just want to express what was on my mind these years after school: THANK YOU MICHAEL!

Tuuli Suominen, jazzviolinist, singer, pianist, composer, Helsinki

 

Dear Michael, your workshop was fantastic.... really good for me. You open up my ears!

Kees Hilhorst, violin player/teacher

 

I think that youíre a fantastic teacher, one of the best of the conservatory concerning pedagogic approach, awareness of and control over teaching, musicianship, technique, playing, listening, learning, inspiring and criticizing. You surprised and challenged me again and again.

Paul Rittel, cello player

 

The past four years were exactly what I needed. The mix of playing and good conversation made me leave Arnhem with a lot of confidence and a very clear idea, where to go musically. Thanks for everything!

Anna-Sophie Becker, jazz viola player

 

Thank you for four intensive years. It was worth it. You always listened critically but open minded. You inspired me musically and as a human being.

Beate Wolff, jazz cello player

 

Dear Michael, yesterday I had my steady gig here in Gent. It was a very nice concert. People, who hadnít heard me playing for some time, told me that I had changed and that I had improved a lot. For me it felt the same way: I was calm and tried less to prove that Iím good. And I could play things I hadnít been able to play before. I started playing in higher positions spontaneously without making any mistakes. And I was able to listen, to build up my solos, to compÖ
I donít really understand which sort of black or white magic youíre using when you teach me, but as a matter of fact Iím learning much quicker with less practicing this year. Thanks a lot for that and congratulations with your teaching skills!

Nicolaas Cottenie, jazz violin player

 

"There does indeed seem to be, finally, a generation of string players who are able to improvise very well, and to phrase well also."

Carla Bley about my students (Paul Diemer, Anna Becker, Veit Steinmann)

 

Hey Michael, thanks again for the lesson today. You are the 'joker' amoung my teachers ... 'very inspiring'

Paul Rittel, cello player

 

Michael Gustorff teaching

Teaching in Arnhem (The Netherlands)

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Lessons

If you want any lessons from Michael Gustorff please use the booking formular on this site.

Comments

Taking lessons from you for the last 4 years was exactly what i needed !

Anna-Sophie Becker, jazz viola player

 

You inspired me as a musician and as a human being !

Beate Wolff, jazz cello player

 

Hi Michael, you were the best teacher I ever had - the best of all. I still use you as my internal teacher and mentor.

Heiner Gulich, saxophone player, Wuppertal

 

Dear Michael, I want to thank you for your work during the 3 days at our conservatory! From the very first moment I felt your personal drive and your talents as a teacher. You were really concerned about the students. The same evening after your first lesson the students’ e-mails confirmed my impression: Michael Gustorff is the ‘max’! We need teachers like him to come back every year. A very interesting teacher! I got similar e-mails after your violin- and band-coaching lessons on Thursday and Friday. So you can see…only good news from Belgium. I hope we can repeat this many times.

Maarten Weyler, head jazz department conservatory Gent, Belgium

 

Michael Gustorff teaching

Teaching at Dong Ah Broascasting Collage (Korea)

 

 

Workshops

The workshops can be held in English, Dutch or German

Workshop 1 & 2 are mental trainings workshops - see the Trainer on this site

 

Workshop 3: 'Improvisation for string instruments'

This workshop can be held for:
- jazz & pop students only
- music school teachers
- amateurs

Workshop 4: 'The licks you should always practice but never play'

This workshop is for jazz & pop students (all instruments except drums)

Workshop 5: 'Playing together - band coaching for ensembles'

This workshop can be held for:
- jazz & pop students
- amateurs

 

Other workshops can be discussed.

 

Comments

The feedback of our students was very enthusiastic. They were all impressed by your combo lessons!

Francesc Capella, piano player, staff member jazz department Esmuc, Barcelona

 

Thank you, Michael, for us it was a pleasure having you in the rehearsal, and your advice, your point of view and your way of telling it was really good for all of us, especially for me.

Joan Monné, piano player, teacher at Esmuc, Barcelona

 

Thank you for coming! Everything you told us was great and gave another view that helped a lot.

Ana Finger, singer/teacher, Barcelona

 

The feedback from the students was very enthusiastic and positive.

Leon Lhoest, Conservatory Antwerp, Belgium

 

There was only positive feed back from the students

Prof. Werner Neumann, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Leipzig, Germany

 

For me, the workshop of Michael Gustorff was the most useful workshop on jazz & pop music that I had in many years. I got useful tools starting from the very beginning, showing me a path to follow if I want to deepen improvisation.

Renske Béguin, cello player

 

It was really fun for all of us working with you. I would like to repeat it!

Angelika Braumann, director music school Siegen, Germany

 

Hi Michael, here's the feedback from my students concerning your workshop: Good atmosphere, everybody even had the courage to sing. Well structured; everybody always knew the next step. Fantastic explanations, easy to remember. If somebody asks something, the whole group gets a suitable answer. Fantastic jazz violin player. So, as you can see: very positive! Everybody enjoyed it. They loved playing together.

Asier Suberbiola, jazz violin player, Barcelona

 

Always learning from you!

Hermine van Praagh, violin teacher

 

Michael Gustorff teaching

Michael Gustorff teaching

Teaching in Barcelona, Spain

 

Press

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English Press Text Teacher

Michael Gustorff (*1958 Leverkusen, Germany) is a highly respected performer all over Europe. He is considered one of the finest jazz violinists in contemporary jazz and has often been featured as a soloist with major bands and orchestras, such as The GUST, Dick de Graaf Septet, Trio Nuevo, Radio Big Bands Berlin & Frankfurt ....
Since the early nineties Michael Gustorff has been teaching jazz & pop music for string instruments (violin, viola, cello), ensembles and mental training at the ArtEZ Conservatory Arnhem (The Netherlands) and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (Germany).
In addition, he gave workshops at conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Zwolle, Enschede, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Essen, Mainz, Gent, Antwerp, Vienna, Barcelona, Seoul, the university Witten Herdecke and music schools in Dieren, Wuppertal, Solingen, Hagen, Leverkusen, Neukirchen-Vlyun and Bangalore (India).
Over the years, players of many different instruments and vocalists have taken lessons from him.

www.gustmusic.com

 

 

English - Deutsch - Nederlands

 

Deutscher Pressetext Dozent

Michael Gustorff (geb.1958 in Leverkusen) zählt mittlerweile zu den wichtigsten Jazzgeigern Europas. Als Solist trat er mit sehr unterschiedlichen Bands (The GUST, Dick de Graaf Septet, Trio Nuevo, Radio Big Bands Berlin & Frankfurt...) in Europa, Amerika und Asien auf und war zu Gast bei unzähligen Festivals (Deutsches Jazz Festival Frankfurt, Leverkusener Jazztage, North Sea Jazz Festival, Dublin, Imatra, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Bangalore...)
Neben seiner Tätigkeit als konzertierender Künstler arbeitet er seit vielen Jahren als Dozent an der Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Köln und dem ArtEZ Conservatorium in Arnheim.
Als Workshopleiter war er an den Hochschulen in Wien, Berlin, Essen, Mainz, Leipzig, Freiburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Gent, Antwerpen, Barcelona, Seoul, Riga und den Musikschulen in Dieren, Wuppertal, Solingen, Hagen, Leverkusen, Neukirchen-Vlyun und Bangalore (Indien) tätig.

www.gustmusic.com

 

 

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Nederlands Perstekst Docent

Michael Gustorff (geboren 1958 in Leverkusen, Duitsland) behoort inmiddels als speler en als leraar tot de belangrijkste jazzviolisten in Europa. Met stilistisch uiteenlopende bands, zoals The GUST, Dick de Graaf Septet, Trio Nuevo, Radio Big Band Berlijn, Radio Big Band Frankfurt...speelde hij in Europa, Amerika en Azië en trad op een aantal belangrijke festivals op. (North Sea Jazz Festival, Deutsches Jazz Festival Frankfurt, Leverkusener Jazztage, Dublin, Imatra, Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Bangalore...)
Hij is als docent en mental trainer verbonden aan het ArtEZ Conservatorium in Arnhem en de ‘Hochschule für Musik und Tanz’ in Keulen.
Verder gaf hij workshops op de conservatoria in Wenen, Berlijn, Essen, Mainz, Leipzig, Freiburg, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Maastricht, Zwolle, Gent, Antwerpen, Barcelona, Seoul, Riga en de muziekscholen in Dieren, Wuppertal, Solingen, Hagen, Leverkusen, Neukirchen-Vlyun en Bangalore (India).

www.gustmusic.com

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