Axel Dörner


Axel Dörner was born in 1964 in Köln, Germany. At the age of nine he started playing piano, at the age of eleven playing trumpet. Later he studied piano at the conservatory in Arnhem, The Netherlands, then piano and trumpet at the Musikhochschule in Köln. In 1993 he recorded his first CD in a trio called The Remedy. In 1994 Dörner moved to Berlin. With Rudi Mahall on bass clarinet, Joachim Dette (bass) and Uli Jennessen (drums) he started the band Die Enttäuschung playing exclusively compositions of Thelonious Monk.

In 1995 he started visiting London which led to longtime collaborations with many musicians from the English scene. At the same time he also took part in performances all over Europe (and later at Carnegie Hall, New York) of Requiem für einen jungen Dichter by Bernd Alois Zimmermann with SWR Symphony orchestra conducted by Michael Gielen. Parallel he continued his research on extended trumpet techniques and musical structures. Before he recorded his first officially released solo CD named Trumpet (A Bruit Secret, 2001), he made a number of trumpet solo releases in the late 1990s, only published as CD–Rs with self-made covers. Since 2000 extended concert tours on all five continents which led to a worldwide genre- comprehensive musical network with most distinguished musicians of our time. His discography consists at this time of more than 150 CDs / LPs.
Axel Dörner is one of the most unique voices in free improvisation. He developed a completely different language for the trumpet.

Artist's activities

DDK and GGRIL, Rimouski 17.102023. Pictures by Xavier Sénéchal
October 13-17 2023: Concerts in Québec, Ottawa, Montréal and Rimouski, December 9 to 22, concerts in Metz, Genève, London, Ashburton, Brighton, Dieppe
DDK Trio (picture by Danika Trajkovic)
Tour, Concert / Performance
May 17-22 2022 : A tour of six concerts In Budapest, Berlin, Belgrade, Vienna, Wiesbaden, Hannover
DDK Trio 2021 by Yann Staffelbach
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne
September 19-21 2021: Concerts in Biel/Bienne
DDK Trio at Lisboa incommum 2021
Tour, Concert / Performance
June 9-13 2021: A series of five concerts in Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra, Barreiro, Caldas da Raihna
Šalter Ensemble Ljubljana 2019 (picture by Marcandrea)
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne, Tour
Bruit’s activities from 2017 to 2019
Intervention #2 Screenshot
Concert / Performance, Event in Biel/Bienne, Tour
Bruit’s activities from 2014 to 2016

Artist's editions

CD Cone of Confusion
CD, Digital Release
DDK Trio, 2018

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