Allan Botschinsky, composer, trumpeter, and orchestra-leader, was born in Copenhagen on 29 March, 1940, into a family of classical musicians. He began to play the trumpet at eleven years of age, entered the Royal Danish Conservatoire at 14, and began his professional career two years later.

He was Denmark's "Jazz Musician of the Year 1963". During his career as an international jazz soloist he has been playing with, among others, Dexter Gordon, Oscar Pettiford, Stan Getz, Thad Jones, and Ben Webster.

His many compositions include his prize winning suite for large orchestra and solo voice, "Sentiments", premiered in the "Nordring Radio Festival" in 1983. In that same year, Botschinsky was awarded the coveted "Ben Webster Prize".

He moved to Germany where he met his partner and future wife, Marion Kaempfert, and in 1985 they produced the legendary First Brass album. In 1993 they took residence in London.

Over the last decades, Allan has intensified his activities in composing contemporary classical music. His works include a concerto for solo trumpet and chamber orchestra, a piece for solo-clarinet, and various pieces for brass- and wind instruments and mixed ensembles. In 2000 he started a close cooperation with publishers Peermusic Classical. He lives now near the german city Bremen. His latests works are part of the cycle "Colours" for solo-instruments.

(Copyright: 2004 & 2005 Allan Botschinsky)