Prof. Sebastian Sternal

Artistic Director Jazz Campus Mainz

Sebastian Sternal, professor for jazz piano and jazz ensemble at the Mainz School of Music, studied in Cologne and Paris and has worked with jazz greats like Dee Dee Bridgewater, David Binney and John Riley. His concert tours took him all over the world. He won numerous prizes, such as the WDR Jazzpreis 2007, the Concours piano jazz Martial Solal 2010, Neuer Deutscher Jazzpreis 2014, Annual Award of the German Schallplattenkritik 2015, and the ECHO Jazz in 2013, 2016, and 2018. His project Sternal Symphonic Society combines young musicians from jazz and classical music. In 2017, his trio album "Home" with Larry Grenadier and Jonas Burgwinkel was released and celebrated by the audience and professionals alike. 

As part of his GRC fellowship, Sternal plans the development of the Jazz Campus Mainz, which will include the implementation of a first-rate European ensemble as well as the establishment of a Jazz Summer School and a university big band.




Andreas Dittinger

Artistic Advisor, Manager Gutenberg Jazz Collective and excellence programs 

Andreas Dittinger studied jazz piano at the music academies in Mainz and Mannheim and also holds two degrees in international management from the ESB Business School in Reutlingen and the Northeastern University in Boston. In addition to his own projects such as the Andreas Dittinger Trio and various activities as a sideman, he acts as producer and musical director of the Loft Arts Music Show, in which he brings rap and R’n’B greats to the stage with a large live band. During his studies, Andreas received a teaching position at the University of Music in Würzburg and works as a lecturer at various other educational institutions. He is managing director of the Gutenberg Jazz Collective for the Jazz Campus Mainz and advises the artistic direction.




Mirko Meurer

Artistic Advisor, Manager Summer School and music educational programs

Mirko Meurer has studied music education, musicology and has certifications in Music Business Management and Vocal Education for Popular Singing. He has been working for many years in youth and adult educational professions and programs for jazz and pop (instrumental and singing lessons, big band leading for amateur and semi-professional big bands, coachings for small jazz ensembles, seminars for jazz theory, musical study advice, etc.). In addition, he is active as a jazz singer in the swing genre, as administrator of the Jazz Landesverband "JAZZ RLP", as networker for jazz, jazz education and vocal pedagogy at the state and federal level and cooperates closely with the Landesmusikakademie RLP, Jugend jazztthe Musikgymnasium RLP, Deutsche Jazz Union and vocal educational networks. He is also a member of the commission for the recasting of the curriculum for popular singing at public music schools in Germany and from the summer semester 2021 lecturer in jazz and popular singing at the university of Koblenz. 







Klaus Gasteiger

Artistic Advisor Gutenberg Jazz Collective and excellence programs 

Musician, cultural manager, concert dramaturg. Gasteiger studied jazz music at the University of Music in Würzburg and subsequently completed a degree in cultural management at the University of Education in Ludwigsburg. He has been working for BASF in Ludwigshafen for many years in the areas of social engagement, corporate citizenship and concert events also. As part of this work he has implemented cultural projects abroad - for example in Shanghai, Mumbai and New York. For Jazz Campus Mainz he acts as consultant to the artistic director. 







Petra Hertel

Assistant to the project management 

Since 2013, as an administrative assistant at the University of Music, she supervises the study programs Jazz and Popular Music, elementary music education and guitar (M.A.).
She is a collaborator in the organization and application of the Jazz Campus Mainz program.











Silas Engel

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Silas Engel is currently studying jazz trumpet and piano at the University of Music Mainz with Frank Wellert, Axel Schlosser and Matthias Bergmann, among others, and plays in various ensembles and bands in the university environment. In addition, he participated in the State Youth Jazz Orchestra Hessen, but is not only at home in jazz. Whether reggae, Latin, funk or neo-soul. Since 2019 he has been working as a research assistant with Moritz Reinisch - sound engineer of the HfM Mainz - as sound engineer, cinematographer and image director (e.B. as part of "and we are LIVE..."). Together with Eddy Sonnenschein, he is responsible for the content and administrative support of the social media channels as well as advice and support in the web presence for the Jazz Campus Mainz.







Eddy Sonnenschein

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Eddy Sonnenschein is a jazz drummer and improvisation artist from Mainz. Since the beginning of his jazz studies at the HfM Mainz with Hendrik Smock, he has been able to work and perform with many of his lecturers and mentors in the context of various projects, e.B. sebastian Sternal, Claudius Valk, Ulf Kleiner, Rafael Klemm, etc. Particularly noteworthy is the program for the Beethoven year 2020 with his band Stella and Claudius Valk. With this band, Eddy recorded his jazz debut album at LOFT Köln in the summer of 2020 (VÖ: early 2021). Also in 2021, an album with the Rainald Brederling Quintet will be released as part of a release tour. They dedicate themselves to their own compositions between modern jazz and free improvisation. In addition to these two main projects, Eddy is a sideman in various bands, including faction Fe, Klaus Gasteiger Organ Trio, Barbara Greshake and band, etc. Eddy Sonnenschein is sponsored by Live-Music-Now and the Hans- und Eugenia Jütting Stiftung. Together with Silas Engel, he is responsible for the content and administrative support of the social media channels as well as advice and support in the web presence for the Jazz Campus Mainz.