Lukas Stappenbeck (1990) was born in Bocholt and started playing the saxophone at age 13. He had 3 years of lessons with Uwe Renting (Musikschule Bocholt-Isselburg-Rhede), early success at competitions such as “Jugend Musiziert” and a 4 week stay at St. Mary’s Music-school, Edinburgh. In 2006 he began Pre-conservatorium studies with Johan van der Linden at the ArtEZ Conservatorium in Enschede (NL).
In 2010 Lukas started fulltime study with Johan van der Linden at the Artez Conservatorium, Enschede. One month later the Music School Gronau invited him to take up a position as saxophone teacher. Lukas performed live several times for the Netherlands’ principle classical radio station (e.g. in 2011 in their broadcast “Jong Talents”).
In 2013 Lukas participated in a exchange programme which gave him the possibilitiy to study under Arno Bornkamp before continuing his studies with Prof. Daniel Gauthier in cologne.
During a concert tour through New Zealand Lukas gave a masterclass at the "New Zealand School of Music" (Massey/Victoria University).
In competitions Lukas has gained major success. He won a first prize at the “Bundeswettbewerb Jugend Musiziert” (2009) and together with his Duo-partner Miriam Kötter the “Kulturförderpreis des Oberbergischen Kreises” 2011.
In 2012 he was a finalist at two major competitions: The “Gwk Förderpreis” and the “Grachtenfestival Conservatorium Concours” which gave him the opportunity to perform during the World famous “Grachtenfestival” of Amsterdam (August 2012).
In order to further advance his musical skills he has attended master-classes with Arno Bonkamp, Vincent David, Jan Schulte-Bunert, Philippe Geiss, Jakob ter Veldhuis
and the Ethel String Quartet.
Lukas regularly performs with symphpnie orchestras amongst others the WDR Symphonieorchestra (cologne) and the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn giving him the opportunity to work with conductors such as Andris Nelsons.