About Tini

Tini Thomsen_300pxKatharina Thomsen (* 28.11.1981 in Hamburg) started playing the saxophone because of the movie „Some like it hot“, deeply in love with Tony Curtis, at the age of 13.

She started with the tenor but after discovering that it can be lower she switched to the baritone at the age of 15, three years later playing in the Landesjugendjazzorchester Hamburg and German Youth Jazz Orchestra.

After two years of studying jazz at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg with Fiete Felsch she moved to Amsterdam in 2003 to study with Ferdinand Povel. In 2005 an even lower instrument received more attention, the bass clarinet, and she got the opportunity to study it as second main subject; classic basclarinet with Erik van Deuren from 2005-2011. In 2008 she finished the bachelor (saxophone), 2011 she finished her master degree for saxophone with “cum laude“ and special remark on the composition that had become her third main focus.

Her composition won several prizes;
2008: Metropole Orchestra arrangers/composers workshop with Vince Mendoza
2009: New Dutch arrangers contest, Cd Recording
2010: Bujazzo composers contest, Cd Recording
Since july 2011 she works as a freelance musician, arranger and composer.
She played with the Metropole Orchestra, Windkracht 7, New Cool
Collective Bigband, Konrad Koselleck Bigband, Noord Nederland Orchestra, David
Kwecksilber Bigband, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, her own band
MaxSax, String Quartet Quinetique, Brownie Dutch, Shirma Rouse, Guus Meeuwis, Ellen ten Damme, Corrie van Binsbergen, Sven Hammond Soul, The four Baritones and Nora Fischer, Alain Clark, Waylon, Incognito, The Temptations.
In Germany she played with the NDR Bigband,  Ed Partyka Jazz Orchestra, HR Bigband, Malte Schillers „Red Balloon“, Ralf Hesse Bigband, Orchester der Bad Hersfelder Festspiele, Forkolor, Pepe Lienhard Orchestra and the MTV Unplugged sessions.

Together with a Dutch horn section she joined the great Dr John for a couple of gigs at North Sea Jazz Festival and Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz in Middelheim coming this August.