Time Out Istanbul – Interview with Sven Heinze

Time Out Istanbul – Inspiration Farewell

Sven Heinze is a pianist and composer

A year off in the distance. The longing to come out and look far beyond the horizon has certainly felt each of us times.

The Aachen composer and arranger Sven Heinze has fulfilled this dream some time after his studies together with his girlfriend Julia Kriegsmann.

He has packed his four things and is off. Beyond the bureaucratic and linguistic hurdles that come with such an action, he has had great experiences, met interesting people and gained many friends. Upon his re-entry into the home atmosphere, he felt inspired. He could return to his everyday life full of energy.

Some topics of the conversation

  • Svens impressions from the journey
  • Learning the Turkish language
  • Career to the composer
  • Learn instrument: balance between practice and fun
  • Music that Sven likes to hear
  • Success as a musician, what is that?

Music in the program

  1. “Derdim Dert” by the band Kirkbinsinek from the album “Sis Pus Sus”, 2015
  2. JS Bach, “Goldberg Variations” BWV 988 – Variatio 1 A 1 Clav., “Glenn Gould”, 1981
  3. “Hang Gliding” by Maria Schneider from the album “Allegresse”, 2000
  4. “Small Symphony for Big Band – 1st Adagio – Allegro” by Sven Heinze, Live Version 2009

Sven Heinze

“I could never decide on an instrument, find everything exciting and therefore I am not a virtuoso on any instrument …”


Sven Heinze was born in 1983 in Bonn and grew up mostly in Wuppertal. Even at a young age he was fascinated by music. From the age of five, he got piano lessons. 6 years later Cello joined. At the age of 10 he began to write his own compositions.

After his family moved to Aachen in 1999, he came into contact with jazz for the first time via the Big Band of the Kaiser-Karls-Gymnasium. This was followed by several years of jazz piano lessons with Stefan Michalke.

In 2004 he began his studies at the University of Music Maastricht in jazz piano under Frank Giebels, which he broke off after completing his undergraduate degree and began a new degree in jazz composition with Wolfgang Braun. In 2008 he took as a second major classical orchestral conducting with Enrico Delamboye and Jan Stulen.

After completing his compositional bachelor’s degree in 2009, he completed a year of jazz theory and education at the Maastricht Academy of Music. In 2012 he completed his Bachelor in orchestral conducting.

Since then he arranges music for large ensembles (especially symphony orchestra and big band), has conducted various ensembles from string orchestra over salon and mandolin orchestra to symphony orchestra in recent years, playing in several bands piano, cello or cajon and gives piano lessons at the private Music school MuFab in Aachen.

After a ten-month stay abroad in Istanbul (Turkey), he has been back in Aachen since the summer of 2015 and since then has been teaching classical music theory and music education at the Maastricht Academy of Music.