Thomas Zöller

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Thomas Zöller (born 1977) is a German author and player of the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipes, border pipes, and smallpipes. Zöller is a member of the trio As a' Phìob (Out of the Pipes) along with Clemens Bieger and Michael Klevenhaus. [1]

Border pipes

The border pipes are a type of bagpipe related to the Scottish Great Highland Bagpipe. It is perhaps confusable with the Scottish smallpipe, although it is a quite different and much older instrument. Although most modern Border pipes are closely modelled on similar historic instruments, the modern Scottish smallpipes are a modern reinvention, inspired by historic instruments but largely based on Northumbrian smallpipes in their construction.


Zöller was educated on a scholarship by the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (Hessian Ministry of Science and Art) and the Naspa-Stiftung (Naspa Foundation) for initiative and performance; he has been a professional bagpipe player since 1998. He appeared several times in the SWR Fernsehen television, and the daily news television program Tagesthemen.

SWR Fernsehen television station

SWR Fernsehen is a German regional television channel targeting the states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate. It is produced by Südwestrundfunk (SWR) and is one of eight regional "third channels" broadcast by the ARD members.

Tagesthemen is one of Germany's main daily television news magazines, presented by journalists Caren Miosga and Ingo Zamperoni. Second only to the 20:00 TagesschauTagesthemen is ARD's most important newscast. It is different in style and content from Tagesschau and is broadcast Mondays to Thursdays at 22:15, Fridays at 23:15, Saturdays at varying times and Sundays at 22:45. Each Tagesthemen broadcast has a single host. Previously recorded Tagesthemen newscasts can also be seen internationally via YouTube on Tagesschau's YouTube Channel.

Zöller is the first German to gain a Bachelor's degree in Scottish music ("piping degree") from the National Piping Centre of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.

National Piping Centre

The National Piping Centre is an institution in Glasgow, Scotland, dedicated to the playing of the bagpipes, to include not only the Great Highland Bagpipes, but also the Scottish smallpipes and Irish uileann pipes, as well as other traditional musical instruments.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. It is the fifth most visited city in the UK.

Published works

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  1. Joshua Dickson (9 October 2009). The Highland bagpipe: music, history, tradition. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 241–. ISBN   978-0-7546-6669-1 . Retrieved 30 May 2011.