Studied photography in Munich. Worked from 1995 until 1998 with Max Keller as a part of the lighting department of Münchner Kammerspiele. After being assistant director for productions at Grand Theatre de Geneve, Lincoln Center New York and Münchner Kammerspiele he started in 2000 to work as a lighting designer for opera, theater, installations and performances. He participated in over 80 productions at major theaters including Théâtre du Châtelet Paris, Covent Garden London, Opéra Bastille Paris, La Monnaie Bruxelles, Metropolitan Opera New York, Staatsoper unter den Linden Berlin, Deutsches Theater Berlin, Schaubühne Berlin, Staatsschauspiel München, Dramaten Stockholm, Det Norske Teatret Oslo, Comédie Française Paris, Teatro dell’Opera Roma, Festival d’Avignon, Teatro Real Madrid, Festival d’Aix en Provence, Bolshoi Theater Moscow, Salzburger Festspiele and Bayreuth Festival.
He regularly worked with directors such as Thomas Langhoff, Jean-Paul Scarpitta, Thomas Ostermeier, Stefan Larsson, La Fura dels Baus, William Kentridge and is long time collaborator of Robert Wilson. His works include also lighting designs for art projects with Vanessa Beecroft, Anselm Kiefer, Dan Graham and Marina Abramović. He also designed works for installations in Karkow, Munich, Salzburg, Expo 02, Flims Switzerland and New York.