Nils Ostendorf, born in Hamburg in 1977, studied jazz trumpet at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen as well as at the Rotterdam Conservatorium. He complemented his training with stays in New York and at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2000 he was honored with the Folkwang Award and received scholarships from the NRW Department of Culture and the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service). He toured Europe, Canada and the USA with Dave Douglas, Ernst Reijseger, Benoit Delbecq, Maja Ratkje, Stale Storlokken, and others. He works with the international ensemble “The Silencers” as well as with the trio “Professor Doctor Doctor”. Nils Ostendorf was musical director, composer and musician of the dance company “Les Petits Poissons” of Samir Akika and created music for the plays “22, Blvd Lafayette” and “Loca Mierda”. He also composed the music for the dance work “Streetlife” of the Renegade Theatre Company. As composer and musician he worked for director Mikael Serre and his Bathyscaphe theater company where he was responsible for the music of the productions “Oh, il me regarde..” and “L’Enfant Froid”, which were staged at the Theatre de la Bastille, la Ferme du Buisson and La Rose des Vents (Lille). As musician Nils Ostendorf was involved in productions at the Theater Oberhausen, the Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Tanzhaus NRW, just to mention a few. He does regular sound recordings for the composer Philipp Ludwig Stangl.
At the Münchner Kammerspiele Nils Ostendorf contributed his musical creativity to productions, such as “Die Ehe der Maria Braun” (directed by Thomas Ostermeier, 2007) as well as “Susn” (directed by Thomas Ostermeier, 2009).