Dietrich Koch plays soprano-, alto-, tenor- and baritonesax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and piccolo, is a tutor, teacher and workshop leader and feels at home in many different musical styles.
Private studies with – among others – Herb Geller and Peter Weniger
2000-2004 studies at the jazz department of “Hanns Eisler” musical conservatory (Berlin)
since 1992 in Berlin working with a.o.: saxophone quartet “Licence To Blow” (Jazz), Lothar Stadtfeld & Friends (Soul & Pop), Berlin Big Band; Maxim-Gorki-Theater, Theater des Westens, Wintergarten-Varieté, Schlossparktheater, Theater am Kudamm, Times Square Productions, “Atze” Musiktheater, lead saxophonist of the Berlin Big Band since 2002.
Concerts at Copenhague Jazz Festival, Leningrade Festival, in Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Granada, Bonn, Munich, Hamburg and many more
Commisioned works as an arranger a.o. for Berlin Big Band, Climate Earth Orchestra, Giacomo Aula.
His bigband compositions and arrangements are played a.o. by Berlin Big Band, Ausbildungsmusikkorps der Bundeswehr, Berliner Jugend Jazz Orchester, Landesjugendjazzorchester Schleswig-Holstein, Big Band “Wüste Welle” Tübingen, Uni Bigband Berlin, Uni Big Band Heidelberg, Great Danes Big Band (Copenhague)
In fall 2012 he led the Berlin Youth Jazz Orchestra (BerlinerJugendJazzOrchester), which performed his “Children’s Songs Series” and other works on two concerts.
He teaches jazz saxophone at Musikschule Reinickendorf (district of Northern Berlin) and musical theory, songwriting and arrangement at “Akademie Deutsche POP”, Berlin. Since 2007 he has been leading the amateur big band Crocodile Princess Jazz Orchestra. From winter semester 2014/15 up to winter semester 2015/16 he was leader of the Uni Bigband Berlin (common big band of Berlin Freie Universität and Technische Universität).
DIETRICH KOCH BIG BAND: (Contemporary Jazz, Pop, Salsa, playing the leader`s original charts exclusively, CD “BERLIN COOKBOOK” 9/07, final concert at Bundesbigbandfestival 2010); Tasha Wenger and her Berlin Band (Latin Vocal Jazz), Two in Bossa (Bossa Nova), Sector Latino (Afro-Cuban Jazz)