Raum und Psyche Bacikin
"Raum und Psyche" working as a musical director and arranger with Sasha Waltz company
Charité Berlin, July 2015

Born in Zrenjanin, Serbia in 1980, Damir Bachikin had his first trumpet lesson at the age of 15 and also started playing the accordion at an early age. Shortly before graduating from the Music Gymnasium in his home town in both Trumpet and Music Theory, after only 4 years of trumpet playing, Damir won a First Prize at the National Trumpet Competition in Belgrade in the year 1999. That same year, Damir was invited by Professor Laura Vukobratovic to study in her Trumpet class at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. In the year 2000, Damir was awarded as the best Music Gymnasium Student of Vojvodina by the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. While studying in Novi Sad, Damir attended masterclasses with Professor William Forman, Professor Reinhold Friedrich and Professor Eric Aubier. Damir has attended the National Trumpet Competition in Belgrade again in the year 2001 while studying in Novi Sad, and again won a first prize. After graduating with the highest score from the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, he moved to Berlin in 2005, where he studied in the Trumpet class of Professor William Forman at the HfM "Hanns Eisler" music conservatory in Berlin until graduating in 2008. During this time Damir has played in projects with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin and the Kammerakademie Potsdam on modern instruments as well as on historical instruments. He has played with conductors such as Julian Kuerti, Vladimir Jurowski, Manuel Nawri and Sergio Azzolini. Damir was featured as a soloist with the wind symphony orchestra HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin, conducted by Thomas Clamor, in 2007. During his studies Damir has received scholarships from DAAD and Stiftung Förderverein- HfM Hanns Eisler in Berlin. After his Studies Damir concentrated on contemporary music as a member of the ensemble for new music "ensemble unitedberlin", and also in cooperation with Zafraan Ensemble, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Kammerensemble Neue Musik, he has had the opportunity to work with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Vinko Globokar, Georg Katzer, Helmut Oehring, Fabian Levy and many others. Beside contemporary music activities, Damir was also solo trumpeter in the Landestheater Coburg with Maestro Roland Klutig in 2010.

In his free time, after practicing long notes and major scales, since the beginning of his trumpet playing, Damir has also had a real interest in improvised music and jazz. During his time in Novi Sad, Damir was strongly influenced by composer and viola player Szilard Mezei, with whom he recorded and performed live.

Moving to Berlin, he continued to search for his own sound combining modern trumpet articulations with modern jazz and improvised music, being influenced by some of the greats, Damir also had the chance to play with Günter Baby Sommer at the "Erste Bewegung" concert series in the Gallery of the Technical University of Dresden (2015), with Vinko Globokar at the "Slow Wind" Festival, Philharmonic hall Ljubljana, Slovenia (2012), with Professor William Forman and Professor Gerard Presencer at the "Totally Trumpet Festival" (2011) Berlin and more.

He recorded for Zafraan Ensemble "Ensemble Nostri Temporis", Leipziger Kammesorchester, "Mekomot", Gerald Eckert ensemble "reflection K", Jakub Sarvas "Prism" solo piece for Trumpet, "Efterklang", "Magnetic ghost orchestra", Szilar Mesei Ensemble, "Hannes Zerbe Jazz orchestra" and has been broadcasted at Deutschlandradio Kultur, rbb Kulturradio, Deutschlandfunk,WDR, La Montaña Rusa Radio Jazz, Radio Belgrade. He has been invited to play at festivals in Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, Serbia, China and Hong Kong.

As a soloist, Damir has performed with "Solistenensemble Kaleidoskope" at Herrenhausen Festival Hannover, with ensemble "Nostri Temporis" WDR Kölln, with ensemble Work in Progress at Radialsystem V Berlin, with "Damir out loud" at the Musical instruments museum in Berlin. In February 2017 Damir will appear at the Konzerthaus Berlin (Werner Otto Saal) with ensemble in residence "ensemble unitedberlin", playing "Five runic songs" for trumpet and chamber ensemble by Jefery Cotton.

Christmas Oratorio

"Christmas Oratorio" J.S. Bach Heiliggeistkirche Stralsund, December 2013