Nikola Lutz - saxophonist and composer
Nikola Lutz studied the saxophone in Bordeaux and Stuttgart and is renowned as a saxophonist for new and experimental music. She has played with internationally well-known artists of the improvisation scene such as Sainkho Namtchylak, Peter Kowald and Kasumi and has premiered compositions by Makiko Nishikaze, Andrés Gonzáles, Malte Giesen, Maximilian Macoll, Remmy Canedo, Ying Wang and many others. Nikola has inspired many composers to write compositions for saxophones, i.e. the French composer Christophe Havel, who has written the piece "XY" for her ensemble "Hörlabor" ("Sound Laboratory / Listening Laboratory").
In 2001, Nikola Lutz and Andreas Krennerich founded the Stuttgart Saxophone Festival that encourages innovative music for saxophone and which has taken place every 2 years since its foundation. Since 2006, she is lecturer for classical saxophone at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. In 2010, she was awarded first prize (Prix du Conseil Général des Hauts de Seine) as well as the audience prize at the international saxophone competition in Paris/Villa d'Avray. In 2011, she received a "Certificate of Honour" from the University of Guangzhou/China for her commitment to training young Chinese saxophonists. In 2015 Nikola Lutz became co-founder and president of the association "SKAM e.V." which is promoting contemporary music of the Stuttgart area and organizes a concert series in Stuttgart.