Wolf Kerschek sees himself as a world musician, having experience with different musical cultures and societies and incorporating them into his own music. He has developed into a composer with his own musical language that is rooted in diverse traditions.
Wolf Kerschek studied and received his first degree at the University of Music in Hamburg, then received a DAAD scholarship and graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Vibraphone, Contemporary Writing and Production and Film Scoring, with “summa cum laude”. Furthermore he did field studies in Brazil, Indonesia and Africa.
Wolf Kerschek – His career as a composer, arranger, conductor and a musician
Since his return from the USA he performed as a musician, composer, arranger and conductor in all German radio Big Bands. In addition, he composes, arranger and conducts film scored and music/orchestral productions.
He was on tour with various ensembles in the United States, Russia, Europe, Switzerland, where he played at the Montreux Jazz Festival, performed in radio and television programs with musicians such as John Taylor, Alex Riel, Jeorge Degas, Arkady Shilkloper, Trilok Gurtu, Joe Gallardo and has recorded to date, over 100 CDs.
As one of the most famous German arrangers, he wrote big band and orchestral productions for João Bosco, Trilok Gurtu / Simon Phillips, Eliane Elias, Tomasz Stanko, Vladyslav Sendecki, Roger Cicero, Michael Bolton, Helene Fischer, Rammstein, Yvonne Catterfeld, Barbara Schoneberger, Till Brönner, Nils Landgren, Ray Anderson, No Angels, Tom Gaebel, Peter Fessler, Roberto Blanco, Vicky Leandros, Gitte Haenning, Joanna Zimmer, Edson Cordeiro, German Idol (DSDS), Let’s Dance, Joja Wendt, Angelica Milster, Radio Philharmonie Orchestra Katowice, FILMharmonie Orchestra Prague, German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, etc.
In the year 2006 he orchestrated and conducted the FIFA anthem and received an “ECHO Klassik” for his musical work on the TV series “Little Amadeus”.
After years of working “behind the scenes” for other and participating in over 100 CD productions, he is now releasing the CD “Adventures of a Trumpet”, the first time with his own name.
Activities as a Professor
Wolf Kerschek is the Head of the Jazz Department and Professor of Jazz Composition, Ensemble Direction and Film Scoring at the University of Music and Theater in Hamburg.
He lectures on a regular basis as an Artist in Residence and as a Lecturer at different Universities home and abroad.