Günter Noris

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Günter M. Noris , actually Günter Maier (born June 5, 1935 in Bad Kissingen , Lower Franconia ; † November 27, 2007 in Kerpen , North Rhine-Westphalia ) was a German band leader, pianist, arranger and composer.


Growing up with three brothers in Bad Kissingen, Günter Maier, the eldest son of a postal worker, came into contact with music at an early age and learned to play the piano. He did classical training at the Bavarian State Conservatory in Würzburg and studied piano and composition. He financed his studies as a jazz musician with appearances in American clubs as a member of the Hep Cats Combo . Even after successfully completing his degree, he initially continued to perform as a jazz musician with the Helmut Brandt combo . In 1961 the RIAS engaged him for his RIAS dance orchestra in Berlin as a pianist and deputy conductor.

Hildegard Knef made him musical director of her first chanson tour in 1966 . At that time he adopted the stage name “Noris” after the “Villa Noris” in his hometown. In 1967 Noris switched to the WDR in Cologne as a pianist, arranger and band leader, and went on a successful tour of Japan with this orchestra in 1968. The WDR recorded his musical Pierre and Madeleine with René Kollo and Gitte Haenning in 1970 .

In 1971 he founded the Big Band of the German Armed Forces , with which he also designed the musical supporting program for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and the 1974 World Cup . After leaving the Bundeswehr, he founded his own Gala Big Band in 1983 with the typical “Noris sound”.

From 1977 to 1996 Noris brought out 20 official dance records of the year with Hugo Strasser and Max Greger for the General German Dance Teachers Association (ADTV). In 1995 his big band was named the “best dance orchestra in the world” by ADTV.

Günter Noris had around 2,500 live performances in 15 countries in almost 40 years. The proceeds from his charity concerts run into the millions. Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker personally presented him with the Federal Cross of Merit. To celebrate his 70th birthday (2005), the former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt and the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Jürgen Rüttgers honored him .

Noris died two and a half years later after a long illness in Kerpen- Horrem, where he lived for many years .


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  1. spiegel.de
  2. ↑ Office of the Federal President