Born in Lübeck / Germany. Worked since 1980 as music journalist for several German opera magazines. Since 1992 member of the jury at the Singing Competition Vienna Operetta in Hamburg. After visiting in 1995 for the first time Valery Gergiev’s Music Festival in Mikkeli / Finland, he became closely associated with this event. In 2002 he moved to Finland, becoming Artistic Advisor of this Festival, being responsible for the program. He invited winners of Klaudia Taev Singing Competition to give recitals at Mikkeli Music Festival : Anatoli Sivko (2012 & 2013), Jomante Šlezaite (2014) and Elina Shimkus (2014 & 2015).