Carrying a reputation as one of the world's top Trance producers, German composer, producer and songwriter Torsten Stenzel is probably best-known for his efforts as one half of the duo York.
Stenzel began his musical life at the piano age 5. Age 13 he changed to church organ, attaining his church organ diploma age 15. Fascinated by electronic music, acts such as Kraftwerk and SNAP!, Stenzel bought his first synthesizer age 14. Age 17, he found himself creating electronic music on a hobby basis.
Torsten had his commercial breakthrough in the late 90’ies with York and in projects Taucher and DJ Sakin & Friends. With Taucher he produced 54 remixes between 98 and late 99, leading to the succesful album ‘Life is a Remix’. Concurrent, his single Protect Your Mind (Braveheart) became a huge hit throughout Europe in 98. As one of the pioneers in trance music Torsten Stenzel releases most of his work on his own Planet Love Records label, to be licensed by majors like Universal, Ministry of Sound, Armada Music and Black Hole Recordings later.
Although a trance music pioneer, Stenzel has had some of his greatest achievements outside of dance music. For Finnish artist 'Tarja Turunen' he co-wrote several tracks for her highly succesful debut album My Winter Storm. With Mike Oldfield he worked on the album Tubular Beats, remixed and produced by Stenzel under his York moniker.