Nils Ostendorf, born in 1977 in Hamburg, works in Berlin as a trumpet player and composer. He studied jazz trumpet from 1997 to 2002 at the Folkwanghochschule Essen and the Rotterdam Conservatory. In 2000, he was awarded the Folkwang Preis, and in 2001 and 2002 he received scholarships from the NRW Ministry of Culture and the DAAD for study visits in New York and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada. Nils Ostendorf has developed his own musical language on the trumpet, using specifically developed playing techniques inspired by contemporary music, electroacoustic music and nature sounds. He plays internationally in the fields of experimental music and improvisation and has toured throughout Europe, the USA and Canada. He has also participated as a trumpeter in numerous radio, sound art and theatre productions. In 2017 he founded the synth-rock band Polypore with the theatre musicians Daniel Freitag and Max Andrzejewski.
Since his student days, Nils Ostendorf has maintained an interest in dance and theatre. After initial experiences with choreographers Felix Bürkle and Samir Akika as trumpeter and composer, he created his first theatre music for French director Mikaël Serre in 2006. In 2007, he worked as a theatre composer for the first time with Thomas Ostermeier, with whom he has enjoyed a long and successful collaboration, with numerous productions at the Berliner Schaubühne, the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne and the Theatre of Nations Moscow. He has also composed theater music for Yael Ronen, Falk Richter and Maris von Mayenburg at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at the Residenztheater in Munich.
In 2019, Nils Ostendorf will receive one of the two domestic scholarships for the composition and design of an evening from the series AUS DEM HINTERHALT at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.