Biography (Short Version)

born March 6, 1966 in Berlin

began playing cello at age five

scholarship at Berlin Conservatory 1977-84; classes in cello, piano, harmony, counterpoint and ear training

1983 and 1984 first prize at national competition “Students Compose”

since 1983 continues studying electric bass and double bass on his own motivation and starts playing in bands

1985-90: studies journalism in Munich; continues playing and composing

1990/91 member of “Bundesjazzorchester”(National Jazz Orchestra) under the direction of Peter Herbolzheimer

1990: receives a Music Award from the City of Munich

1991: winner of “International Society of Bassists” jazz competition

1994: Bavarian Music Award

since 2003: presents a jazz broadcast at Bavarian Public Radio (see more under “Radio”)

2007: New German Jazz Award and New German Best Soloist Jazz Award

2010: “Echo Jazz Award” as best bass player for the CD: “Henning Sieverts: Blackbird”

since 2011: teaches jazz bass and cello at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich, regular workshops at other universities, eg in Lucerne, Berne, Linz, Graz, Cologne, Leipzig,Würzburg and Nürnberg

2013: first performance of his suite “musica flora” by Lucerne Jazz Orchestra

2014: Artistic director at festival “Tonspuren” at Kloster Irsee (Bavaria), several premieres, eg the suite “Hexacor” for string orchestra and jazz double quartet (see double-cd “Henning Sieverts: Hexacor”)

2015: Artist in residence at universities of Nürnberg and Berne, artistic director at concert series “Round Midnight” at Stadtkirche Darmstadt

2016: Winner of New German Jazz Award First performance of his suite “Bach´s Blüten” by EOS Chamber Orchestra Cologne with Jazz soloists

2017: Concert at BMW Jazz Award “Bass erstaunt” with “Henning Sieverts: Symmethree” feat. Nils Wogram & Ronny Graupe

since 2019: permanent post as jazz bass teacher at the Academy of Music in Munich.

Concerts worldwide: in Albania, Australia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Colombia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Greece, Netherlands, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nicaragua, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam and Zimbabwe

More than 130 CD productions (17 as a leader): see more under “Discography”