Dirk Amrein was born in Degerfelden, Germany in 1969. He studied at Hochschule für Musik in Basel with Heinrich Huber and Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Michel Becquet. In addition, he studied privately under Denis Wick in London. Master classes include studies with Joseph Alessi, Branimir Slokar, and Malte Burba, and others.
He has played in many major orchestras under conductors Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Sir Neville Marriner, Franz Welser-Möst, András Schiff, Eliahu Inbal, Pierre Boulez, and Jürg Henneberger. In addition, he has played countless first creations as a soloist and a chamber musician.
He has also worked with some of the most influential composers of our time, such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage, Pierre Boulez, Helmut Lachenmann, Jürg Wyttenbach, Peter Eötvös, Georg Friedrich Haas, Olga Neuwirth, Luciano Berio, and Wolfgang Rihm.
As a crossover artist he has worked together with the Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Jim McNeely, George Gruntz, Pepe Lienhard, Steamboat Switzerland, Gustav, and Christoph Baumann Large Orchestra.
Through his command of a variety of instruments and styles he is able to perform very unconventional concerts. For example, he has played recitals on 5 different instruments per performance. He has also collaborated in many improvisational multimedia pieces with artist Wolfgang Froese. In addition, he has combined his talents to create artworks together with Marc Yeats from England, including new pieces for electronics and computer.
He has toured extensively with various musicians in a variety of venues throughout Europe, The United States, Mexico, Australia, Russia and China. In 2009-11 he toured with pianist Jürg Henneberger to Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Indonesia ,Thailand ,Phillippines and The United States.
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