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ELLEN MARQUART


US-Amerikanische Sängerin und Pianistin
-mit vier Jahren Pianounterricht
-drei mal hintereinander den 1. Preis im Klassischen Pianowettbewerb (ISMTA, Jugend musiziert in Illinois, USA)
-mit 16 Jahren klassiche Kammermusik, dann erste Jazzerfahrungen in Combos und Big Bands
-Studium Musik und Kunst an der WIU Illinois, USA
-Mehrere Auszeichnungen in Piano und Kunst, Solokonzerte und Kammermusik-Tourneen, Presseinterviews,
 Masterclass mit Leon Fleischer und anderen international bekannten Pianisten
-1990 Abschuss des Studiums mit Auszeichnung
-seit 1991 professionelle Musikerin in Deutschland

Ellen Peters Marquart grew up in a family of musicians and music lovers. She began piano lessons at age 4. By age 9 she was enrolled in the Western Illinois University university piano program, receiving instruction in music theory, classical & jazz piano. From age 13-15 Ellen participated in ISMTA classical piano competitions, placing first in both junior & senior divisions. By age 16 she was playing chamber music with other talented young classical musicians as well as playing with bigband & smaller jazz combos. Because of her outstanding musical, artistic & academic abilities, Ellen was granted early admittance to W.I.U. at age 17. The following four years were filled with numerous awards in piano and art, masterclasses with internationally known classical pianists, improvisational accompaniment with dancers, chamber music tours, solo piano performances, press interviews, contemporary music concerts and senior-year multimedia performance art. In 1990, Ellen receieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Piano Performance and Art from W.I.U.






BERND MARQUART


deutscher Trompeter und Flügelhornist
-mit sieben Jahren Pianounterricht
-mit 14 Jahren Trompete und mit 17 die erste Jazzband gegründet
-dann nach Stuttgart und Freelance-Musiker in verschiedenen Jazzformationen
-Studium an der Musikhochschule Stuttgart Hauptfach Trompete
-Stipendium an der WIU, Illinois USA
-Zusammenarbeit mit vielen amerikanischen Jazzmusikern
-seit 1991 professionelle Zusammenarbeit mit Ellen Marquart.


Bernd Marquart´s father brought jazz music from the American POW camps to Germany. A jazz life began as young Bernd listened to, then fell in love with the music. Bernd started piano lessons at age 7, then trumpet at age 14. He formed his first band when he was 17, moved to Stuttgart the following year and was immediately hired to play with the bands there at age 18. Marquart´s musical development reached it´s first highpoint as he began performing with the Bireli Langrene Ensemble. Concerts in New York City, sessions with Jaco Pastorius, national and international tours followed. Bernd continued to expand his repertoire, playing bebop, hardbop and cool jazz styles. In 1987, he began music studies in trumpet at the Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart. Two years later during Bernd´s 6-month stay in the USA, he met Ellen and invited her to visit Germany. They married and have have been performing together since 1991.