Stephan harbored early interest in all sorts of things that produce sounds. A school-based keyboard / piano training was followed by many self-taught excursions into the world of acoustic and historical instruments that eventually ended in an acute multi-instrumentalism.

As a student, he discovered in 2003, the hurdy-gurdy and ever since accumulated extensive experience in the field of traditional dance music through workshops and sessions with folk musicians from all over Europe. His cross-genre musical interest awakened in him the ambition to understand the hurdy-gurdy as a modern instrument with boundaries that are still explorable.

In addition to his musical career, Stephen has a degree in engineering acoustics at the Technical University Dresden. However, in 2012 he joined Faun for the adventurous life of a professional musician against his civil engineering profession.

Besides Faun, Stephan also plays together with Oliver S. Tyr in the folk band “Folk Noir” and is the founder and director of the Medieval folk band “Liederlicher Unfug” and also the folk-fusion band “Zirp”. He is also active as a live, studio and theater musician. He can be heard live on all Faun concerts and their successful albums “Von den Elben” and “Luna”.

Instruments: Hurdy-gurdy, Cittern, Low whistles, Vocals