Axel Dörner's first instrument was piano, which he initially studied at the conservatory in Arnhem, the Netherlands, from 1988 to 1989, and subsequently (1989 to 1996) at the Musikhochschule in Köln. From 1991 he studied trumpet with Malte Burba at the Musikhochschule. During the five years in Köln leading up to 1994, he worked extensively with trumpeter Bruno Leicht, as The Streetfighters Duo, The Streetfighters Quartet (with Wayne Dockery and John Betsch), and The Streetfighters Double Quartet with, among others, Matthias Schubert and Claudio Puntin. During this time he formed the Axel Dörner Quartet with Frank Gratkowski, Hans Schneider and Martin Blume, and The Remedy with Sebastian Gramss and Claus Wagner (and guests Peter Kowald, Tom Cora and Matthias Schubert). Numerous radio, television and concert appearances were made with these groups.
In 1994, Dörner moved to Berlin and the number of activities increased substantially to include:
Die Enttäuschung with Rudi Mahall, Uli Jennessen and Jan Roder; and, with Alexander von Schlippenbach added to the quartet in a group that has performed all the compositions of Thelonius Monk The Recepy with Zeena Parkins, Sebastian Gramss and Michael Griener Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra Improvisors Pool with Sam Rivers and Alexander von Schlippenbach Aki Takase Sextet Mis&Les (The music of Eric Dolphy) a quintet with George Lewis, Evan Parker, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Paul Lovens Sechs kleine Stücke für Quintett and Harke und Spaten with Sven-Å Johansson Bob Rutman Steelcello Ensemble with Shelley Hirsch and Johannes Bauer King Übü
Source: Axel Dorner