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Gesa Marie Schulze

Gesa Marie Schulze sitzend mit Ihrem Saxophon

After I had finished school in 2004, I went abroad to improve my English knowledge - and to take a break between school and university. I let coincidence decide, left my north German provincial hometown and ended up in one of the most exciting cities in the world: London. This city was to host me for almost two years and to teach me some first lessons in life as an adult. After one exciting year in the British capital, somewhere between Britpop and world music, I started my first trial of studying, music and events management, which failed because of my hunger for the "learning by doing"-method (I just couldn't bear reading science books...). My wisest consultants in all kinds of circumstances of life and most modest but giving supporters - my parents - recommended me to do an apprenticeship, something practical and straightforward, which would satisfy my curiosity of the world out there that London had woken up within me.

So I went back to Germany, this time it happened to be Frankfurt am Main, where the new chapter in my life began, and I became a trainee in a travel agency. During that time I had a jazz quartet in Rüsselsheim near Frankfurt. We never made it to big fame, but our weekly meetings for jam sessions in the garage of our drummer gave me a good balance to the everyday life in the office.

After three years in this busy city I was offered a job in Mannheim. That city and my encounters in it inspired me to take a step that many of my work colleagues found courageous: music was what I wanted to do from now on. Not as a passionate spare time activity. There was more than just passion. There was that ability to make a living out of it.

My course in jazz and popular music at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts began in autumn 2011. In addition to the main subject saxophone I was given lessons in flute and my old friend, the clarinet.

In 2014 I was even given a scholarship from the federal state Baden-Württemberg to go to Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, to study one semester at the Escola de Música, Universidade Federal da Bahia. As an expert in travelling, I had been to Brazil before for leisure travel. My musical affinity for Brazil had been triggered already by my music studies in Mannheim. But what I discovered there in Salvador, this time as a musician, was a huge diversity of culture and music, which totally overwhelmed me. From this point on Brazil had a special place in my heart, which I worship through my music project Aquarela Brasileira.

In february 2016 my final exam took place in the Alte Feuerwache Mannheim, a well-known concert hall, in which approximately 250 visitors came to see my concert. Ever since I am a freelance saxophone player in jazz, pop and rock and also teach saxophone and flute playing at several music schools. My main instrument is the alto saxophone (Yamaha AS-61). I am also often seen and heard on the tenor sax (YTS-61), particularly when I play with rock 'n roll bands (of course dressed up typically in a 50s style petticoat). During concerts with Aquarela Brasileira I switch between alto, soprano saxophone and flute.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1993 - 1999 piano lessons at music school Bremerhaven by Andreas Brandes and Cristian Biclea
  • 1996 - 1999 clarinet lessons at music school Bremerhaven by Mikael Börresen (including participance in "Jugend musiziert" competition)
  • 1997 - 2004 various ensemble activities, e.g. wind orchestra, jazz ensemble of the music school, Big Band Langen(Nieders.), salon orchestra Langen, symphonic orchestra Landkreis Cuxhaven
  • 2001 - 2004 main subject music at Schulzentrum Geschwister Scholl Bremerhaven
  • 2010 - 2011 saxophone lessons by Alexandra Lehmler (Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis) and Steffen Weber (HR Big Band)
  • 2010 participance in jazz-workshop of the IG Jazz Rhein-Neckar, e.g. with Steffen Weber
  • 2011 - 2016 Bachelor of Music, jazz and popular music, main subject saxophone with Prof. Juergen Seefelder
  • February 2016 final exam
  • March 2016 participance in Ethno Camp India, Jim Corbett National Park, India, with final concert in New Delhi
  • since 2016 freelance musician and teacher for saxophone and flute playing
Die Saxophinistin Gesa Marie Schulze mit Ihren Instrumenten

Gesa Marie Schulze

Lange Rötterstr. 8
68167 Mannheim

Tel: +49 (0)176 / 229 057 66
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URL: www.gesamarieschulze.com

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