Baritone sax player, composer and educator Katharina (Tini) Thomsen is building a strong following for her unique style of high-energy jazz-rock with her bands MaxSax and Q4 wowing audiences at festivals and venues across Europe.
The North German Radio Big Band (NDR) and Hessischer Rundfunk Bigband (HR) have recently recorded and broadcast her music.
Uphill Struggle her debut album with Q4 was released in 2018 and the third MaxSax album is due for release in 2019.
She will be conducting the Peter and the Wolf Project with the Swedish Norrbotten Big Band on an upcoming tour.
Tini started playing the saxophone at the age of 13 after falling deeply in love with Tony Curtis in the movie ‘Some Like It Hot’.
She started on the tenor but after discovering she could go lower, she switched to the baritone at the age of 15, three years later playing in the Landesjugendjazzorchester Hamburg and the 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, the bass clarinet, caught her attention, and she took the opportunity to study it as second main subject with Erik van Deuren from 2005-2011. In 2008 she finished her degree (saxophone), and in 2011 she finished her masters degree in saxophone with ‘cum laude’ and with ‘special remark’ on ‘composition’ that had become her third main focus.
Her compositions have 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 has been in much demand as a freelance musician, arranger and composer.
She has performed 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 and 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.
She joined the great Dr John with a Dutch horn section for concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival and Jazz in Middelheim.
Tini has also played on the UK version of X Factor and is a committed educator delivering workshops and lessons.