News 10-25-2016

Last-minute change in Concert Program, Saturday, November 5th!

Due to an unexpected offer to stand in for the legendary Stevie Wonder, accompanying soul queen Chaka Khan for a series of concerts in Belgium and the Netherlands, Antonio Serrano will have to leave Trossingen on the afternoon of Saturday November 5th. This means he will be unable to perform at the Harmonica Masters Concert that evening. Antonio offers his sincere apologies and hopes that everyone will understand his decision. In order to give people a chance to hear him perform, we have arranged a short showcase appearance during the session after the concert on Friday night.
Antonio's friend and colleague, Brazilian harmonica maestro Alex Rossi, has kindly agreed to perform in his stead at the concert on Saturday. A pioneer of the South American blues circuit, Rossi has performed and recorded with numerous blues legends including Sam Myers, Magic Slim, Hubert Sumlin, Joshua Redman, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Guy, Jeff Healey and many more. Unusually, Alex is also an accomplished jazz chromatic player. He recently produced and performed on a CD tribute to the late, great Toots Thielemans with five other world class jazz chromatic harmonica artists including Gregoire Maret, Olivier Ker Ourio and Antonio Serrano. He can also be heard on the soundtrack to the recent award winning movie Nono The Zig Zag Kid, starring Isabella Rosellini and recently released a CD of compositions by Tom Jobim.

News 09.30.2016

Museum Project: German Harmonica and Accordion Museum 25th Anniversary

Birthday Concert and Benefit Auction

Saturday November 5th 2016, 3 - 4.15 pm

In 2016 the German Harmonica and Accordion Museum moved to new premises in Bau V, a listed building on the former Hohner factory site. This year also marks the museum's 25th anniversary since opening to the public in 1991. On Saturday November 5th at 3pm, Harmonica Masters Workshops instructors will give a short benefit concert to mark the anniversary and raise donations for the refinancing of the newly modernized and enlarged museum. Admission is free.

The performance will be followed by a fundraising auction of 25 selected pieces from the museum's collection, which will be sold to the highest bidder. Unusual historic instruments and other rare items pertaining to the history of the harmonica will be on offer for the first time. A unique opportunity for harmonica lovers to bid for vintage instruments and documents in a location which is steeped in their history. All proceeds will go to the museum.

The showpieces of the auction include:

A Hohner Centenary Richter harmonica from 1957 (special Marine Band model) in original case

Further special edition Marine band models, some gold-plated

A unique “Wender” model consisting of 6 “Little Lady” harmonicas in different keys, built by master craftsman Günter Bayer

An original advertising leaflet for the Beatles Harmonica campaign from 1964

Benefit concert and auction are open to participants of the Harmonica Masters Workshops and invited guests only!

Background Information:

Museum curator Martin Häffner and his team have invested an enormous amount of time and energy in moving the museum to its new quarters in “Bau V” on the former Hohner factory site, re-opening on May 10th 2016. The reactions of visitors have been extremely positive. However, despite various donations and subsidies, the new museum could not be financed without taking out a loan. In order to service this loan, the museum is more than ever dependent on contributions and benefit campaigns.

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News 08.22.2016

With over two months to go until the start of this year's Harmonica Masters Workshops, registrations have reached an all-time record. Around 140 harmonica lovers from all over the world have already signed up and most of our classes are fully booked. This speaks volumes for the high regard in which the Harmonica Masters Workshops are held by players and underlines their role as today's premier educational event for contemporary harmonica.

As the possibility of last minute cancellations can never be ruled out, we have set up a waiting list on a first come, first served basis for prospective students who have not yet registered. Please contact Michaela Kitzke at the Hohner Conservatory if you wish to be put on the list, stating your preferred course or courses. In case of a vacancy, we will inform you immediately. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

A few places are still available for the masterworkshop with David Barrett (language: English), beginners class with Riedel Diegel (language: German) and the guitar class with Eric Noden (language: English).

We would like to thank our numerous returning students for their loyalty and support and look forward to seeing you all in Trossingen at the beginning of November!

News 06.17.2016

The workshops with Joe Filisko, Antonio Serrano & Marko Jovanovic are now fully booked, we regret that we are unable to accept any more registrations for these classes. Places are still free for the Master Workshops with David Barrett and Steve Baker, as well as for the beginner's course with Riedel Diegel and Eric Noden's guitar class.


David Barrett                           Steve Baker                              Riedel Diegel                        Eric Noden

News 06-01-2016

The workshop with Antonio Serrano is also now fully booked. We regret that we can accept no further registrations for this class. Places are still available in all other classes and we request prospective students to register for one of them.

News 05.12.2016

The workshop with Joe Filisko is now fully booked. We regret that we can accept no further registrations for this class. Places are still available in all other classes and we request prospective students to register for one of them.

News 04-21-2016

Dear harmonica lover,
at the time of writing we have already received nearly 80 registrations for the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2016. In some classes, only a limited number of places are still available.
As a valued previous visitor we would be particularly sorry to disappoint you and therefore recommend prompt registration if you wish to participate in this year's workshops,
with best regards
Michaela Kitzke, Hohner Conservatory
Steve Baker, artistic director

News 03.10.2016

Master-Workshop 1 with Steve Baker

Take your playing to the next level

Many harmonica players have mastered the basics but still struggle to bring the different aspects into focus in order to play with assurance and precision. In 2016, Steve's class will be aimed at intermediate harmonica players who want to tighten up their technique, broaden their repertoire and boost self confidence. As well as technical studies, we will be looking at melodic playing as one of the essential tools in learning to support a song and will work through some exciting and enjoyable tunes including a number of jugband classics.

News 01-29-2016

The program for the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2016 has now been finalized and our website fully updated. With immediate effect we are accepting registrations for the no.1 educational event for harmonica in Europe and look forward to welcoming you to Trossingen in November.

This year we're very happy to be able to include a class for chromatic harmonica once again. In his youth, Antonio Serrano was the protegé of the great Larry Adler and has since gone on to become one of the world's most highly regarded players. Antonio's course at the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2016 is aimed at players of all levels of ability and stylistic directions and offers the rare opportunity to study with a modern master of the chromonica (language: English).

 We will once again be offering a class for beginning and intermediate players under the guidance of former Harmonica World Champion Riedel Diegel. This is aimed at people who have previously participated in Riedel's beginners classes, either at the HMW or in the Conservatory, or who don't feel up to joining one of the Master Workshops (language: German).

This year we have decided to extend the lunch break and strike the first afternoon teaching block from Thursday onwards. The supporting program (factory tour, service workshop, new harmonica museum) has been rescheduled to take place during this time, so that everyone will be able to enjoy it without time pressure.

News 01-13-16

The program for 2016 has now been finalized and we are currently

updating our website. More information soon!

News 11-26-2015

Blues Culture feat Joe Filisko & Eric Noden and Christian Rannenberg Harmonica Masters 2015

News 10-13-2015

Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingen, November 4th - 8th 2015
With only a couple of weeks to go until classes start on November 4th, there are still a few places free in the workshops with Steve Baker, Marko Jovanovic, Martin Röttger (cajon) and Eric Noden (guitar). Register now and be part of Europe's no.1 educational event for Blues Harmonica and related instruments! Classes, sessions, concerts and a great group of music lovers from around the world make this an unforgettable occasion. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the workshops, concerts or supporting program.

News 09-15-15

The workshop with David Barrett is now fully booked and we are unable to accept further registrations for this class.

We still have a few vacancies for the workshops with Steve Baker, Joe Filisko and Marko Jovanovic. Baker has long been a cornerstone of the European harmonica scene and enjoys a worldwide reputation thanks to his groundbreaking instructional books and pioneering playing. Jovanovic belongs to the new generation of players who grew up with this and are now taking their own direction. Register now for the Harmonica Masters Workshops 2015 and secure your place at the most enjoyable educational event in the blues harmonica player's calendar!

Places are also still free for the workshops for acoustic blues guitar with Joe Filisko's duo partner Eric Noden, and for Cajon with Martin Roettger, long-time accompanist of Abi Wallenstein and Steve Baker in BluesCulture. Both are master players with many years of experience, both as top professional musicians and as highly regarded educators.

We look forward to welcoming you to Trossingen for the 10th Harmonica Masters Workshops and wish you a wonderful time enjoying the classes, sessions and concerts, as well as exciting exchanges with both instructors and fellow students!


           Eric Noden                                                                                 Martin Röttger

News 07-20-2015

Harmonica Masters Concerts with special guests

Saturday November 7th, start 8pm

The Best of Modern Blues Harmonica

Big Pete Blues band feat. Alex Schultz
David Barrett
Marko Jovanovic

In addition to performances by HMW instructors David Barrett and Marko Jovanovic, the 2nd Harmonica Masters Concert on Saturday November 7th will feature appearances by two further blues artists of international stature.

As our backing band for the evening we've been able to engage the Big Pete Bluesband, fronted by Dutch singer and harmonica player Pieter "Big Pete" van de Pluym. Pete came to prominence as frontman of the Lester Butler Tribute Band, a homage to the late Red Devils singer which toured successfully in the USA and Europe. Thereafter he released the highly acclaimed solo CD "Choice Cuts" on Delta Groove Records, which received excellent reviews worldwide. In Trossingen Pete will be joined by the great Alex Schultz, one of the most highly profiled American blues guitarists. Schultz toured for years with harmonica legends William Clarke and Rod Piazza, and can be heard on their finest recorded work.

The evening kicks off with David Barrett, followed by Marko Jovanovic. Both will be accompanied by Alex Schultz and Big Pete's rhythm section. Alongside his groundbreaking work as a harmonica teacher, David Barrett is a highly regarded performer and studio musician. He was nominated for a Grammy for his contribution to John Lee Hooker Jr.'s CD "All Odds Against Me" and appears regularly in the San Franciso Bay area, both in clubs and at open air events. His concert in Trossingen will once again demonstrate his mastery of West Coast blues harmonica in all of its facets.


David Barrett                                                                                                     Marko Jovanovic

After moving to Berlin in 1999, Marko Jovanovic has made a name for himself as an accomplished professional player in a wide range of genres. Whether with blues acts such as Lars Vegas & the Love Gloves or Ryan Donohue, the West African singer Miriam Hassan or Balkan guitarist and singer Branko Galoic, Marko shows himself to be one of the finest players of his generation, a consumate harmonica artist who can move freely between traditional and modern styles, as well as an experienced performer.

After the break, Big Pete will join his bandmates for a set of his own material. Following the success of the Lester Butler Tribute Band, Pete has worked with numerous internationally acclaimed blues artists including Mitch Kashmar, Monster Mike Welch and Hook Herrera.  His powerful, authentic harp and convincing vocals have rightly earned him the reputation as one of the best younger blues performers from the Benelux region. Together with Alex Schultz' brilliant guitar work, this show promises some serious blues pyrotechnics.

Big Pete                                                                                           Alex Schultz

For the subsequent Grande Finale, all HMW instructors will take to the stage under the direction of David Barrett for the notorious closing session with the band and play both themselves and their audience into blues harmonica heaven.

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