Markus Stockhausen, “trumpeter supreme” (The Times), is one of the most versatile musicians of our time. He studied initially at the Cologne Musikhochschule and is as much at home in jazz as in contemporary and classical music. For about 25 years he collaborated closely with his father, the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, who wrote many pieces for him. As soloist, improviser and composer Markus Stockhausen is in international demand and can be heard on more than 50 CDs, notably with his last releases on “AKTIVRAUM” presenting his own works as a composer/improviser. In 2005 Markus won the WDR Jazz prize as best improviser.
Ferenc Snétberger, “a musical cosmopolitan” (Die Welt), hails from a musical family in Hungary. He played the guitar at an early age, learning from his father. Initially influenced by Brazilian music, jazz and Django Reinhardt, he studied classical guitar, later jazz guitar at the Béla Bartók conservatory, Budapest. Snétberger has become one of the few truly distinctive voices on contemporary guitar, a border-crossing virtuoso of a rare kind. He was appointed freeman of his birth town in 2002 and received the Hungarian Order of Merit two years later. In 2005 he was awarded the Liszt Ferenc Prize in Budapest.