Marianne Steffen-Wittek

Rhythmik (Music and Movement) | Vibraphon | Drumset | Percussion


Vita Marianne Steffen-Wittek

Marianne Steffen-Wittek studied eurhythmics at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen with Ursula Zantop-Endrup

She studied Percussion at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne with Christoph Caskel

Improvisation-Lessons with Gary Burton

Drummer and composer in the women's jazz band "F" with Monika Haas, Heike Röllig, Heike Beckmann and Ulla Oster; Drummer with the
Trio STRUZ with Klaus Runze and Markus Zaja; Participation in various improvisation ensembles

Drummer and composer in the Duo Scordatura with Fritz Wittek and in the Trio Scordatura with Stefan Potschka and Fritz Wittek; Vibraphone player and composer in the jazz quartet Bridge The Gap with Martin Kübert, Stefan Potschka and Fritz Wittek

Recordings, radio and television productions

Concert activities in Germany and abroad

Lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln; Lecturer and deputy director of the Open Jazz House School Cologne, freelancer at the WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk)

1995-2018 Professor of Eurhythmics and Elementary Music Education at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar

(2013-2014 Director of the Institute for Music Education at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar)

Lecturing and visiting professorships in Switzerland, Austria, Poland, England, Finland, Palestine, China

Composer of jazz music and children's songs

Co-editor of specialist books, author, specialist contributions to books and magazines

Member of the consortium of the "Thüringer Bildungsplan bis 18" and author of the music education section of the
Thuringian Education Plan until 18

Now teaching at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen and at various universities in China 

Artistic Activities in Germany and Abroad

Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin

Philharmonic Orchestra of the City of Bielefeld

Theater music at the Städtische Bühnen Krefeld / Mönchengladbach

Germany tour and record recording with the reciter Lutz Görner and the Turkish singer Sümeyra

Drummer and composer in the Cologne women's jazz quintet "F"

Drummer and vibraphone player in the Trio STRUZ, in the Duo Scordatura and in the Trio Scordatura

Conception and performances of children's concerts in Germany and abroad

Numerous appearances as drummer and vibraphone player in Germany and abroad, among others:
Jazz House Festival Cologne, Hofheimer Jazzfest, Leverkusen Jazz Festival, Women's Music Festival Enschede (NL), Basel Jazzwoche (Ch), Jazzfestival Grenoble (F), German Week in Shanghai (China) 

Records and CDs

Schwarzwaldmädel (LP)

Jazz Quintet "F" (Monika Haas, Heike Röllig, Heike Beckmann, Ulla Oster, Marianne Steffen-Wittek)

Jazz Haus Musik JHM 24 ST (in Cooperation with the WDR Cologne, 1986

Hommage à Jiri Kolar


Edition Galerie Schüppenhauer Cologne, 1994

Bella Italica


Eigenproduktion (Loft Cologne, 1995)

Insert Coin

Trio Scordatura

Eigenproduktion, 2004

Manchmal mögen wir es laut

Marianne Steffen-Wittek, Peer Wittek, Heike Röllig, Susanne Peusquens, Hubertus Nogatz

Nogatz Verlag, 1990


Marianne Steffen-Wittek, Gert Beracz, Wollie Kaiser, Rena Meyer-Wiel, Nick Nikitakis, Fritz Wittek

Klett Verlag, 1999

Monsterband & Co. 

Marianne Steffen-Wittek, Heike Röllig, Johannes Krause, Stefan Potschka, Fritz Wittek

Nogatz Verlag, 2002


Vocal: Meike Schmitz

Bosse Verlag, 2016

Awards and Honourings 

Langener Jazz Award with the female Jazz Quintet „F“, 1988

Winner of the first international competition for music education, 2004

Awarded the honorary pin of the Thuringian State Music Council for special services to the music culture in Thuringia, 2015

Media Award 2016 of the BMU (Bundesverband Musikunterricht) for the textbook: Michael Dartsch, Camille Savage-Kroll, Kitty Schmidt, Marianne Steffen-Wittek, Barbara Stiller, Corinna Vogel: TIMPANO. Elementare Musikpraxis in Themenkreisen für Kinder von 0 bis 10. Kassel: Bosse 2016 

1995-2018 Professor of Eurhythmics (Music and Movement) / EMP at the University of Music Franz Liszt Weimar 

                                                                                           Photos (c) Guido Werner