Prof. Frank Möbus

Prof. Frank  Möbus
Photo: Guido Werner

Professor of Electric Guitar
Vice Dean of the Faculty II

Hochschulzentrum am Horn


Musical education

  • Berklee College of Music, Boston 1985–89 (Prof. Music Diploma, cum laude)
  • Private Studies in Jazz Improvisation with Jerry Bergonzi, Boston 1989–90

Artistic activites

  • numerous tours and performances at almost all important jazz festivals in Europe
  • tours and festivals appearances in USA, Canada, China and West Africa
  • 3 South-Asia tours, East-Africa tour, Middle-East and North-Africa Tour on behalf of the German Goethe institute

Current projects:

  • DER ROTE BEREICH (latest line-up: Christian Weidner, Oliver Steidle, FM)
    past members: Rudi Mahall, Falk Willis, Marty Cook, Henning Sieverts, Jim Black, Hal Crook, John Schröder, Philip Martin
  • KUU! (Jelena Kuljic, Kalle Kalima, Christian Lillinger, FM)
  • Carlos Bica AZUL (Carlos Bica, Jim Black, FM)
  • THE KILLING POPES (Philipp Gropper, Dan Nicholls, Phil Donkin, Oliver Steidle, FM)

Past projects:

John Davis SPANK YOU, Kevin Coyne PARADISE BAND, Speed-Möbus-Black, Thomas Zoller MASTERFRANKS, Rainer Tempel BIG BAND, Ned Irving 5TETT, Stefan Weeke 4TETT, Ernst Bier/ Mack Goldsbury 4TETT plus Herb Robertson, Billy Bang 4TETT, ERDMANN 2000, Mark Wyand GROUP, Rainer Tempel ELEVEN, ERDMANN 3000, Dejan Terzic UNDERGROUND, Rainer Tempel TEMPELEKTRISCH, LE PETIT CHIEN, AROMA, Erdmann/Rohrer 4TETT feat. Möbus + Courtois, Christoph Grab RAW VISION, Yuri Honing WIRED PARADISE, Paul van Kemenade INTERNATIONAL QUINTETT.

Other activities:

tours, concerts and recording sessions with Ray Anderson, Herb Robertson, Kenny Wheeler, Louis Sclavis, Maria Joao, Bill Elgart, Mark Helias, Billy Bang, Chris Speed, David Moss, Ed Schuller, Nils Wogram, Dominique Pifarely, Hal Crook, John Davis, Till Brönner, Marc Ducret, Wolfgang Haffner, Kevin Coyne, Han Bennink, Josh Roseman, Jorge Palma, Gerry Hemingway, Werner Haider, Rias Big Band (Jiggs Whigham), Spielvereinigung Süd, Nürnberger Sinfoniker, Ensemble f. Neue Musik Zürich and many others….
FM has been recorded on more than 70 CD- or LP-Productions on labels as Enja, ACT, Polygram, Edel Contraire, EMI, Intakt, Clean Feed, Jazz4Ever, SHHPUMA, Jazz n'Arts as well as in countless radio- and tv-productions.

Works as a producer / band-coach for

Karl die Große, Ganna, Coucou, Jelena Kuljic, So Weiss, Nachtfarben, Formelwesen, Glücklich1, Laurant Meteau´s Metabolism, Urs Voegeli, Gary Fuhrmann, Eder, Massive Schräge, The Great Harry Hilman, June Coco, Zur schönen Aussicht, Martina Lynn and others


  • Lecturer for harmony, improvisation, ear training and ensemble at the "Meistersinger" Konservatorium Nürnberg (1991–1999)
  • Instructor for jazz-guitar at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin (1996–2003)
  • Instructor for jazz-guitar and ensemble at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2000–2003)
  • Instructor for electric-guitar at Hochschule für Musik Weimar (2001–2003)
  • Professor for electric-guitar, ensemble and ear training an der HfM Weimar (seit 2003)
  • Professor for electric-guitar and ensemble at Hochschule für Musik Luzern HSLU (seit 2007)
  • Guest lecturer at countless jazz workshops (worldwide)
  • Bandcoach in numerous seasons of „Pop-Camp” for “Deutscher Musikrat”


Kulturstipendium der Stadt Nürnberg, Deutscher Jazzpreis (Der Rote Bereich), Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (Der Rote Bereich/Live in Montreux/ACT), Preis der dt. Schallplattenkritik (Erdmann/Rohrer/Möbus/Courtois), BMW World Jazz Award (Erdmann/Rohrer/Möbus/Courtois), Dokumentarfilmpreis Hofer Filmtage (Raus), Nominierung Deutscher Jazzpreis: KUU! (category: best Band national)

Frank Möbus is a member of “IG Jazz Berlin” and the “Deutsche Jazzunion”.

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