The Band


Samuel Stoll

Samuel Stoll studied french horn and natural horn at the „Musikhochschule Luzern“ and „Hochschüler der Künste Bern“ in the classes of Jakob Hefti und Thomas Müller. Since he finished his studies in experimental musictheater in the class of Georges Aperghis at the „Hochschule der Künste Bern“, Samuel Stoll is working as freelance musican and performer. He is playing with different new music ensemble across europe ( Klangforum Wien, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, Collegium Novum Zürich, ensemble linea, ensemble adapter, ensemble chronophonie). The performance and installation of Samuel Stoll where also presentetd at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel, art museum in Solothurn and Thun. He is playing on a microtonal french horn, which was developped and built by the „Hochschule der Künste Bern“ and Konrad Burri. Whit this unique instrument he can play in 1/8 ton chromaticaly on the hole range of the french horn. In August 2011 he will be for 6 month artist in resicence of the Kanton Bern in New York.

Max Murray

After undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria in composition and theory, Max Murray is currently pursuing graduate degrees in performance and composition at the Berlin, and Leipzig Conservatories. As a freelance musician he has performed with ensembles such as the Staatskapelle Berlin, the Staatsoper Berlin Werkstatt, Vancouver New Music, and the Academy Orchestra of the Berlin Philharmonic. In 2011 and 2013 he was a member of the Lucerne Academy Orchestra under the direction of Pierre Boulez. From 2010 to 2012 he attended the summer composition course of the SWR Experimental studio on scholarship, and since 2011 has performed regularly with the Experimental Studio throughout Europe. 2013 will see performances of his music by contralto Noa Frenkel, and the Köln based ‘Ensemble Handwerk’.

Fabian Schmidt

Fabian Schmidt, born in 1986 in Celle, started to play Tenorhorn when he was 11 years old. In 2000 he recieved his first trombone lessons at the Kreismusikschule Celle. After recieving a 1st prize at the “Jugend Musiziert” competition he began his studies with Prof. Ehrhard Wetz in Mannheim. Fabian studied in London at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and at the Universität für Musik in Vienna where he studied under Eric Crees, Simon Wills and Otmar Gaiswinkler. At the moment he is working on his masters degree at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig with Thomas Leyendecker and Helge von Niswandt. Fabian has played with many renowned orchestras, such as Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt/Oder and the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie. Fabian is a member of the International Mahler Orchestra, Berlin/London. His chamber music activity is mainly with Ensemble Apparat and the Baseler Kammersolisten.

Matthew Conley

Berlin-based Trumpeter Matthew Conley was born in Cincinnati, OH in 1986.
An active performer of contemporary music, Matthew has appeared as soloist for Matthias Pintscher’s Sonic Eclipse at the 2011 “cresc… Biennale für Moderne Musik” in Frankfurt am Main and the 2012 Slowind Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He was a prizewinner at the 2011 Stockhausen Courses for his performance of OBERLIPPENTANZ für piccolo-trompete, and was subsequently invited by the Stockhausen-Stiftung für Musik to perform this piece at a Stockhausen Memorial concert in December of that year. Additionally, he has performed with musikFabrik (Köln), the Ensemble Modern Orchestra (Frankfurt am Main and Salzburg), the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin, and Ensemble Courage (Dresden), among others. In the summers of 2010 and 2012 he participated in the Lucerne Festival Academy under the artistic direction of Pierre Boulez and Peter Eötvös. Matthew was the 2010/2011 stipendiary of the Internationale Ensemble Modern Akademie, based in Frankfurt am Main. Matthew holds a B.M. from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2010 he completed a Master’s degree in Solo Performance at McGill University, where he studied with Edward Carroll. Additionally, Matthew has worked intensively with Markus Stockhausen and studied four consecutive summers at the Center for Advanced Musical Studies at Chosen Vale.

Nathan Plante

Nathan Plante, from California, has been living and working in Berlin and Europe since 2004. After successfully completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, he moved to Berlin in order to continue his studies at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler with Bill Forman. Since graduating in 2007 Nathan has become very active in the German modern music scene both as a soloist and as an ensemble player. He regularly performs with ensemble mosaik, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin and musikFabrik NRW in Köln. As a soloist he has premiered new works by Liza Lim (Wild winged-one, 2007) and, most recently, t.aAmiper for trumpet and orchestra by Aleksandra Gryka with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra as part of the Warsaw Autumn Festival of 2009. Nathan can also be heard on recordings of music by Elena Mendoza-Lopez and Helmut Zapf.