Om

sangit (sanskrit) = music  /  om (sanskrit) = sound of silence

  • Born in December 1954 in Kirchheim unter Teck, as the illegitimate son of the composer Luis Steiner and Ingeborg Meincke, he was named Stefan Meincke (according to his mothers family name).
  • 1957 he moved together with his mother to Heilbronn, to live in the house of Ingeborgs parents. It was a very musical family and Stefan received his first piano lessons.
  • 1960 Ingeborg married Gustav Petersilge, an engineer and teacher from Mannheim. Stefans name was changed to Stefan Petersilge and the small family moved to Mannheim.
  • From 1965 to 1973 he visited the Humanistic Gymnasium "Karl Friedrich Gymnasium" in Mannheim.
  • From 1973 until 1975 he studied at the "Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Heidelberg/Mannheim" Viola in the class of Nobuko Araki and composition with Hans Vogt.
  • In 1975 he moved to Hannover to study Viola with Heinz-Otto Graf and composition with Ladislav Kupcovic.
  • In 1979 he passed exams  with distinction in 1979 (Master of Arts). He started to work as a freelancing musician and composer.
  • In 1984 he met the spiritual master Shri Rashneesh, from whom he received the spiritual name Sangit Om, which means "Music of Silence".
  • In 1987 was his first of several trips to India. He learned the basic technique of the bansuri (Indian Bamboo Flute). He also released his first album under the name "Sangit Om". He moved to Hamburg.
  • In 1992 he got married to Nibano Kajder.
  • In 2002 he moved to Crete. He learned to play the lyre, the main instrument of the Cretan folk music and is accepted as an artist in the field of contemporary traditional music of Crete.
  • In 2016 he got married to the artist and therapist Susanne Kontopidis.
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