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Michael Villmow

Michael Villmow was born in Hamburg in 1956, grew up in Norway, went to high school in the US and completed his music studies in Cologne in 1985. Villmow’s compositional, interdisciplinary oeuvre comprises both instrumental and vocal Jazz and classical music works. Besides founding his own KölnBigBand in 1985, he works with Randy Brecker, Bendik Hofseth, Manfred Schoof, Markus Stockhausen and the Chamber Choir of Europe.

His commissioning clients include the WDR, the NDR, Cologne Opera House, the Norwegian Cultural Council, the Greifswalder Bachwoche music festival and the JugendJazzOrchester NRW (NRW YouthJazzOrchestra). He runs the RMS JazzOrchester (RMS JazzOrchestra) at the Rhineland Music School in Cologne and the Querbeat adult choir.

Michael Villmow maintains a particularly close affiliation to the music scenes in Norway and Switzerland, where he has been continually contributing new compositions and concert projects for – among others – the Swiss OCV choir association and the G. F. Händelchor Luzern (G. F. Handel Choir of Lucerne) for many years now.

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