Education & Studies

1955
born in Berlin, Germany

1965 - 1971
Private lessons with WILLY GENSSLER † - classical piano, composition

1972 - 1980
ELLY VON KOVATSY † - classical piano

1978 - 1980
LOTHAR RUNZE - composition, analysis

1976 - 1978
FREE UNIVERSITY BERLIN - Studies of music science, music ethnology, sociology

1978 - 1980
FRANK MICHAEL BEYER † at HDK (UDK) BERLIN - composition, counterpoint

1980 - 1984
BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC - Studies of composition, arranging and piano in Boston, Ma. U.S.
MICHAEL GIBBS - composition, arranging (music-assistant 1981 - 83)
MICHAEL MARRA - jazz-piano
JOHN BAVICHI † - traditional composition, orchestration
ROBERT FREEDMAN - production, commercial arranging
CHARLIE BANACOS † - piano, improvisation
JAKI BYARD † - jazz-piano

1984
Diploma for jazz composition and arranging at BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC

1991
Participation at a 4-week percussion-workshop of Malinke- and Sousou-rythms with
FAMOUDOU KONATÉ (solo-djembe-player of the National Ballet de Guinee, Westafrica),
SYLVIA KRONEWALD † and PAUL ENGEL † in Konakry, Guinee, Westafrica

The work of Gernot Reetz is the extensive exposition with jazz,
traditional classical and ethnic music, minimal music and free improvisation