Short biography - click here for the long version
Allan Botschinsky, composer, trumpeter, and orchestra-leader, was born in Copenhagen on 29 March, 1940, into a family of classical musicians. He began to play the trumpet at eleven years of age, entered the Royal Danish Conservatoire at 14, and began his professional career two years later.
He was Denmark's "Jazz Musician of the Year 1963". During his career as an international jazz soloist he has been playing with, among others, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz, Thad Jones, and Ben Webster.
His many compositions include his prize winning suite for large orchestra and solo voice, "Sentiments", premiered in the "Nordring Radio Festival" in 1983. In that same year, Botschinsky was awarded the coveted "Ben Webster Prize".
In 1984 he became a member of Peter Herbolzheimer's "Rhythm Combination & Brass" and Ali Haurand's "European Jazz Ensemble" and moved to Germany. Here he met his partner and future wife, Marion Kaempfert, and in 1985 they produced the legendary First Brass album. In 1990 they took residence in Italy and 1993 they moved to London. They now live in Switzerland.
Over the last many years, Allan has intensified his activities in composing contemporary classical music. His works include a concerto for solo trumpet and chamber orchestra, a piece for solo-clarinet, and various pieces for brass- and wind instruments and mixed ensembles.
In 2000 he started a close cooperation with publishers Peermusic Classical Hamburg. He is currently working on a cycle "Colours" for solo-instruments, inspired by "Goethe's Farbenlehre". His latest work is a collaboration with renowned Danish poet, Nina Malinovski: "Concerning Cassandra" is a piece for sinfonietta and voices which will be premiered in 2011/2012.