Hans Boll (25 November 1923 – 12 June 2016) was a German composer, arranger, musician and conductor.
Born in Apolda, Boll broke off a hairdressing apprenticeship at age 16 and studied at the Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar to become a Kapellmeister. Due to the Second World War, he had to perform military service in France, where he joined a military music corps as an oboist. The coprs played until 1944 in various parts of the Russian war zone, then in Tarnowitz, Poland.
After Boll's return from war captivity in 1948, he and some of his comrades founded an ensemble which played for a Weimar regional radio station. They took part in a Klingenthal festival (Musiktage) and won first prize.
From 1951 to 1952, Boll worked as an editor at the then Berliner Rundfunk. He conducted a mixed orchestra with folk instruments at the State Folk Art Ensemble of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) from 1952 to 1953, and was then lecturer of artistic accordion playing at the Berlin Academy of Music, teaching also ensemble playing and instrumentation. He trained especially accordion and guitar teachers for music schools.
From 1970 to 1974, Boll studied composition with Gerhard Tittel, after private composition lessons with Günter Kochan and conducting lessons with Willy Niepolt. Until 1984, he worked in the GDR as composer, arranger, instrumentalist and conductor. During his time at the Berlin university, Boll trained about 40 prizewinners and influential teachers such as Gudrun Wall and Jürgen Ganzer). He made about 450 studio recordings.
In the 1980s, Boll left for West Germany, where he was director of the Lethmate Accordion Orchestra and the Landesjugend-Akkordeon-Orchester of North Rhine Westphalia.
Boll died in June 2016.
- Literature by and about Hans Boll in the German National Library catalogue
- Hans Boll discography at Discogs
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