Born in Cologne, he wrote his first compositions during his London school days at the age of 10. His many years of training, first at the Rheinische Musikschule Köln in piano and composition with Georg Kröll, then at the Musikhochschule Köln piano with K. Oldemeyer, composition with K. Meyer and Y. Höller, conducting with M. Luig, he graduated with three diplomas.
From the first great success was the premiere of his Piano Concerto, which he performed as pianist with conductor Peter Eötvös during the EU tour of the Young German Philharmonic Orchestra in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, Hamburg Musikhalle, Frankfurt Alte Oper, Vienna Konzerthaus and Budapest Congress Hall (with concert recording by WDR).
Later he worked for many years as a pianist, conductor, arranger and composer, alternating between freelance and employed work at various German theaters and concert halls, including Cologne, Dortmund and Wuppertal. In addition to his opera, chamber music and symphonic works, he wrote texts about his independent harmonic theory, which he had been developing since his student days, as a work in progress (most recently On Decatonics).