First saxophone lessons with the age of 12

Teachers & Institutions:

1977-78 Saxophone & improvisation with Pony Poindexter, Mannheim (Germany)

1978 Saxophone & improvisation with George Coleman,
sightreading, ensemble, big band at the Lynn Oliver Studios, New York (USA)

1979-80 Flute lessons with Elmar Bringezu, Heidelberg (Germany)

1981-83 Improvisation techniques with Jerry Bergonzi,
classical saxophone with Joe Viola, saxophone & improvisation with Andy McGee, Billie Pierce,
composition & arranging with Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wison, Greg Hopkins, Boston (USA)

1983 Diploma in Performance at the Berklee College of Music, Boston (USA)

1989-92 Saxophone & improvisation with Karsten Gorzel, Freiburg (Germany)

1996-97 Carnatic (South-Indian) music & vocal studies with S. Rajaram, Chennai (India)

1997 Carnatic (South-Indian) rhythm with V. Selvaganesh, Chennai (India)

1998-99 Scholarship with the ICCR*) at the Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Chennai (India)

1999 Scholarship with the ICCR*) with Vidvan Madurai G.S. Mani, Chennai (India)
*) Indian Council for Cultural Relations