Steffen Schorn stands as one of the outstanding original musical voices of the German jazz and actual music scene.
He has been awarded numerous prizes and performed in over 70 countries worldwide.
As a specialist for the low end of the woodwind family he established instruments like the bass sax, contraalto- and contrabass clarinets, Bb- and Eb-tubax as solo instruments and developed a very personal style.
In the 90´s, he played with literally every German professional big band, being a steady member of the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & Brass and the NDR (North German Radio) Big Band.
Several trips took him to Brazil, where he lived, learned and performed with Hermeto Pascoal e Grupo.
This has been a major source of inspiration in developing his own personal language between the poles of structure and spontaneity.
In chamber music groups like the Schorn Puntin Duo, the Kölner Saxophon Mafia, his trio Triosphere, his Septet, and his actual Nonet Universe of Possibilities he experimented with reducing large scores to only 2 or 3 instruments which led him to a very dense linear, harmolodycal thinking, which after re-expansion, adds new levels of expression to orchestral sound.
His repertoire for large and small ensembles consists of 6 concert suites, a selection of Jazz-based tunes called Songbook, the rhythmically advanced Groovebook and over 30 arrangements of tunes by the Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal.
He has composed commissioned works for festivals like Donaueschinger Tage für Neue Musik, Int New Jazz Meeting Baden Baden, Beethovenfest Bonn, Oslo Jazz Festival, and Romanischer Sommer Köln.
Since 2001 he has been professor of saxophone and composition and artistic head of the jazz de-partment at the Musikhoschschule in Nürnberg.