Peter Protschka, born in Cologne in 1977, is considered one of the most versatile German trumpet soloists of his generation.
Since receiving his jazz diploma from the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts in 2003, he has been active on the German and European scene as a jazz soloist, primarily with his own groups, but also as a sought-after sideman. In 2005 he completed a jazz concert exam at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln. Since 2000 he has been writing music for his formations, which are oriented towards the American postbop idiom, but always have a very personal European touch.
Since 2006, there have been regular releases with Protschka as leader or sideman with musicians such as Paul Heller, Dejan Terzic, Thomas Stabenow or Rainer Böhm. In his bands, also live and in the studio, European and American top musicians such as Johannes Enders, Claus Raible, Andy Hunter, Billy Test, Jürgen Seefelder, Christian Ramond, Paul Heller, Tony Lakatos, Martin Sasse, Johan Hörlen and the American tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, who lives in Paris, can be heard again and again.
Protschka now shares a long-standing friendship and collaboration with Margitza in his annually touring jazz quintet, the "Peter Protschka Quintet," which has been heard throughout Europe since 2013. The band has thus become a well-known institution in the German-speaking world- a rarity in today's project-based music business.
In 2004 Protschka was awarded the jazz scholarship of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. In 2009, three of his compositions appeared in German Book Vol. 1. a selected collection of German contemporary jazz compositions.
In 2010, he also earned a Master of Music degree in baroque trumpet at the Cologne University of Music and Dance. Accordingly, since then he has also moved in the field of tension between European classical music and jazz, deals with early music on historical and modern instruments and can also be experienced with exposed orchestras and renowned folk soloists of the early music scene.
With the South German pianist and organist Clemens Orth, he can be heard with the Hammond organ band "Organic Universe", which tours throughout Germany, or as a duo with piano or church organ.
Protschka has also been active as an educator and cultural manager for many years.
References: Leverkusen Jazz Days; Dresden Jazz Days; Düsseldorf Jazz Rally; Villette Jazz Festival Paris; Jazz and Joy Worms; Acht Brücken Cologne; Idstein Jazz Festival; Mannheimer Morgen Jazz Festival; Musik in den Häusern der Stadt, Cologne; Jazz Festival Hürth; Brunnenhoffestival Trier; Kölner Philharmonie; Tonhalle Düsseldorf; numerous renowned international jazz clubs: Bird's Eye Basel, Jazzkeller Frankfurt, A- Trane Berlin, Fatjazz Hamburg, La Gare Paris, Jazzclub Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and many more.