About Jan Angermüller

Jan Angermüller Jan Angermüller, founder and CEO of Elbsound.studio, has worked as an arranger, orchestrator, music engraver and music software developer for many German and Swiss orchestras including Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Dresdner Staatskapelle, Staatsorchester Kassel, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Kiel Opera and ZDF (German National Television).

Holding a German engineer's degree in technical computer science from the University of Applied Sciences Wedel (Major subject: Software Development, Awards: best entry exam of all study paths, best intermediate diploma of all study paths and fastest student for final exam: 4 terms faster than average) Jan always developed his own music and audio solutions, if he didn't find existing software.

In 2014 he started Perfect Layout for Finale® - originally for very demanding and short notice arrangement jobs with Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig. Other music software projects include:
  • a Band-in-a-Box-to-Finale Score Converter (1997)
  • Automatic Composition of Bach Chorales with Markov Chains (2002)
  • a guitar notation font for Finale (1996) and Elbsound Music Fonts Package: 24 music fonts for Finale (2015)
  • 24/7C and EQSat for the TC Powercore platform with the VST SDK (2002)
  • a PDF to Flash interactive score converter for Finale (2006)
  • Syncing a classical MIDI piano file with its audio recording, detecting its velocities and copying them back to the MIDI (2006/2007)
  • a multilingual and typo-safe musical scores search engine with a 100.000 composers database and more than two million score entries (2008-2013)
  • a PDF tool for musical scores (watermarks, encryption handling, etc.), an online organizing tool for orchestras and their musicians (2009)
  • a playback engine for Finale and Bidule that allows seamless switching between multiple sampling libraries (Vienna, Cinebrass, Garritan, and others) and gives instant access to 2048 percussion samples directly linked to notes in Finale (2014).

  • 400 of his arrangements are available through SheetMusicPlus.com and Hal Leonard.
    Jan also holds a diploma degree in law from Hamburg University (1999). In 1996 he was one of the first students at Paul McCartney's Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and took arranging classes at Berklee.
    His main instruments are double bass and electric bass which he plays in orchestras and big bands in North Germany.
    During his studies he founded and managed the student orchestra Junge Symphoniker Hamburg and later the Königl.-Hamburgisches Hoforchester. From 2010-2015 he was the musical director and conductor of the annual Rock meets Classic Buxtehude. Jan Angermüller has conceived and popularized pop orchestra concepts including "Best of Eurovision Song Contest - Germany 12 Points", "Orchesterkaraoke" and "An Evening with the King" (Elvis tribute show).

    Since 2006 Jan Angermüller has been working as a freelance arranger, musician, orchestra manager and software developer.