Born in 1987 in Lichtenfels in Upper Franconia and raised in neighbouring Kulmbach, Heidi Bayer was trained as a classical clarinettist during her school days and switched to trumpet and jazz at the age of 17. After successfully completing her bachelor's degree in "Art, Music and Media – Organisation and Mediation" at the Philips University of Marburg (2007-2010), she decided to pursue a career as a professional trumpeter.
In 2010 she started her bachelor in "Jazz and Popular Music" at the University of Music Mainz with Axel Schlosser and Frank Wellert. After an associated one-semester exchange program (2014) at the University of Miami with Prof. Brian Lynch and Prof. Martin Bejerano, she successfully completed her studies in 2015 and has been living in her adopted home city of Cologne ever since.
In October 2017, she enrolled in the Master in Music "Jazz | Improvising Artist" program at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, where she studied with Prof. Ryan Carniaux and Thomas Rückert.
Since 2018, she has been pursuing her own artistic projects. Her duo "Bayer/Scobel" received the Folkwang Jazz Award in 2018. In
the same year, she started her new band, "Virtual Leak," which in March 2020 released its first CD on Tangible Music. The record mostly consists of original compositions by the
bandleader. The band was invited to present their debut album at this year's "Jazzahead" (canceled due to the Corona lockdown).
Heidi Bayer is in demand as a solo trumpeter in groups ranging from small ensembles to big bands. Recent projects in which she is involved include Janning Trumann's nonet "Wem Zeit wie Ewigkeit," Shannon Barnett's latest quartet "Wolves and Mirrors," Stefan Karl Schmid's "Pyjama" octet and Sven Decker's "JULI" quartet. She is a regular member of trumpet sections in several big bands, including the monthly performing "Subway Jazz Orchestra," the "Hendrika Entzian Bigband," and the "Fuchsthone Orchestra."
Besides her concert activities, Heidi is an active and passionate teacher. She has offered private trumpet lessons and led big band and trumpet workshops for many years and across Germany. In April 2019, she accepted a permanent half-time position as an instructor of trumpet performance and conducting at the University of Oldenburg’s music department, where she also leads the university big band.
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