Curriculum vitae

Stefan Hippe was born in Nuremberg in 1966. After completing his "Abitur" (university entrance qualification), he studied accordion under Willi Muench and Irene Kauper at the Meistersinger-Konservatorium Nuremberg, as well as composition under Bertold Hummel and Heinz Winbeck and conducting under Guenther Wich at the college of music in Wuerzburg.

He has received prizes for his more than 90 compositions, including the first prize at the international composition competition at the Hitzacker summer academy (“Sommerliche Musikakademie Hitzacker”) for his second string quartet.

In addition to that, Stefan Hippe focuses on transcriptions for various instrumentations (so far he transcribed almost 50 pieces - mainly for accordion orchestra).

In 1997, he received a scholarship for a six month stay at the “Cité internationale des Arts” in Paris and in 1998, he was awarded the culture grant from the city of Nuremberg.

In 2000, he was awarded the culture grant of Bavaria for young artists and in 2003 he received the culture grant of the county of central Franconia and the culture grant of the Internationale Bodensee Konferenz, Zurich, Switzerland.

His opera “A Lady DIes“ premiered at the Tafelhalle in Nuremberg in 2000; the city of Nuremberg commissioned this opera for its 950th anniversary.

As a soloist, ensemble player and conductor, he has participated in numerous performances (including more than 90 premieres) of contemporary music. He has played in concerts throughout Hungary, Poland, Greece, the Czech Republic, Canada, USA and Russia.

Stefan Hippe has been teaching accordion at the Musikschule Nuremberg since 1999.

From September 2016 he works as a lecturer for conducting, score playing and musical history at the HOHNER Conservatory in Trossingen. Also he is conducting the conservatory’s “Seminarorchester”.

For The German Accordion Association (Deutscher Harmonikaverband DHV) he is working voluntarily for many years. He was elected “Bundesdirigent” (Chairman of conductors) in 2009.






Born in Nuremberg, Germany.


First accordion lessons (Herbert Bausewein).


First composition lessons (Hans Ludwig Schilling).


„Abitur“ (university entrance qualification) at the „Johannes-Scharrer-Gymnasium“ Nuremberg. Community service.


Degree including „kuenstlerischer Reifepruefung“ in accordion at the Meistersinger-Konservatorium Nürnberg (under Willi Muench and Irene Kauper).


Diploma in Composition (Bertold Hummel, Heinz Winbeck) at the college of music in Wuerzburg.
2 years of further education course (Heinz Winbeck).Master Class „Conducting“ at the Vienna Music Seminar under Karl Oesterreicher.


Diploma in Conducting (Guenther Wich) at the college of music in Wuerzburg.Independant Composition Project „PORTRAITS“ in New York, NY, USA.


First CD with his own works (Jusques à la mort, Fruehlingslied, MŒHB, Annacamento), publishes at "ak records" (097.102), Trossingen, Germany. Minister of Culture, Munich, Germany-Award in Composition at the „Cité internationale des Arts“, Paris, France for six months.




For further information see activities and prizes.