Dirk Maassen

Dirk Maassen (born February 28, 1970) is an independent German composer and pianist living in Ulm, Germany.
Early life and education
Born in Würselen and raised up in Herzogenrath all little towns near Aachen, Maassen plays piano since the age of 10 and studied a broad variety of musical styles in his early musical career. After the abitur he studied electrical engineering at the RWTH Aachen University. The 1980s are commonly remembered for an increase in the use of digital recording, associated with the usage of synthesizers, with synthpop music and other electronic genres featuring non-traditional instruments increasing in popularity. It was the time Maassen performed in several bands and projects and started some experimental cross genre productions where he experimented with different styles. During the 90s Maassen toured with his band "In Contact" and released 2 CDs with In Contact and his side project "Unknown Vision". At millennium‘s dawn he retreated and lived out of the public musical world for quite a while.
He finally turned back to the public with his solo piano in 2011, which is according to him the most immediate instrument to materialize ideas and feelings into something that connects with this world and can resonate with the audience.
And not only did it resonate but it appeared to happen that he received a rapid growing following as it started out to completely change his life. Now with a huge following on spotify, soundcloud and youtube Maassen has advanced to one of the world‘s most streamed piano composers. His compositions and play have deeply touched millions of listeners worldwide and has been featured in several film projects so far including the award winning movie "Crossroads" at the Cannes Film festival in 2015. Still he is moving further and steady while starting his first solo piano tour over Europe by the end of 2016.
* 2014: Anmut
* 2014: The Sitting Room Piano (Chapter I)
* 2014: The Sitting Room Piano (Chapter II)
* 2015: One Night in Cologne
* 2015: The Sitting Room Piano (Chapter III)
* 2015: Zenith
* 2016: The 8 Pianos Project
* 2017: The Wind and The Sand
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