Uwe Warschkow, harmonica

About me

I was born in Lübeck (Germany).

From 1956 to 1959 I studied music at the ‘Städtische Musikschule’ in Trossingen (Germany), today known as the ‘Hohner Konservatorium’. Here, I became fascinated with the harmonica.

Professionally I worked as a chartered accountant and tax consultant in Hamburg (Germany). Music has always remained a hobby.

My special interest is in original compositions for the harmonica, transcriptions of suited classical works, and arrangements of international folk music. I am great fan of Tommy Reilly, whom I regularly visited for lessons for more than 20 years until his passing away in 2000. Over the years we became close friends.

Since my retirement in 2000 I lived together with my wife in Norway, if we were not on tour with our motorhome. In 2012 we moved back to Bad Bramstedt in Germany.

As a member of the ‘Norsk Munnspill Kvartett’ I was awarded with first prizes in 1993 at the ‘World Harmonica Festival’, and in 1996 at the ‘European Harp Festival’ in Trossingen, both in the category ‘chamber music’. In 2001 we played as part of the ‘World Harmonica Festival’ in Trossingen in the ‘Memorial Concert for Larry Adler, Tommy Reilly and Helmuth Herold’. Inspired by Tommy Reilly and James Moody, the ‘Norsk Munnspill Kvartett’ was formed by participants of the annual harmonica master classes in Norway. We played like a string quartet only with treble and tenor harmonicas.

Since 2001 I play regularly together with the pianist and organist Martin H. C.  Spindler, Norway. In 2014 I formed a duo for chamber music with harp and harmonica with harpist Siglinde Koch-Sembdner in Hamburg, Germany.

I play a ‘Polle Concert Harmonica’, custom-made of silver.