I am a drummer. The passion for my instrument took me to many places, where I got to meet remarkable people. It all started near Munich, Germany, where Dorino Goldbrunner taught me the important fundamentals, which still benefit me today. It was Dorino who inspired and encouraged me to take the next step and study at Drummers Collective in New York City. At first, I went there for a two-week intensive course. After I earned my Bachelor of Science degree at TU München (University of Technology, Munich, Germany) in Environmental Engineering, I returned to the Collective in New York. After a two-year program there, I decided to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree at California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles.
Creating music with others and enjoying a great time with the audience is one of the best things in the world. It is one of my biggest joys, regardless of the setting—whether it is in a small room with only a handful of people and no stage or in a big venue and a big, loud Rock/Pop production. I had the privilege to share the stage with brilliant artists, such as Larry Koonse, Alphonso Johnson, Nate Radley, Sean Conly, David Roitstein, Darek Oles, Randy Gloss, and many more.
My second home aside from the stage is the recording studio. I am only content with the best results. It doesn’t matter whether this means recording a “traditional” drum set, or exploring experimental, unconventional sounds and effects. It’s all about the music, on which I focus my groove, rhythm, and style—not about me or how many drums at a time or how fast I can play. I feel comfortable in all different kinds of styles, such as Rock, Funk, Jazz, Folk, Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Latin, HipHop, R’n’B, Drum’n’Bass, etc.
I am honored to have recorded with musicians such as Manu Katché, David Roitstein, Andreas Bernitt, Beshar Al-Azzawi, Isamu McGregor, Maxhoba Maponya, Kyekyeku.
When I am not playing on stage or in the studio, I take great joy in sharing my knowledge and experience with others. My students’ age or skill level doesn’t matter. What matters is to have fun!
I tailor my concepts individually to each student. My experience in playing on stages and studios around the world sets me apart from other teachers.
My in-depth studies at the Drummers Collective in New York City and California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles perfectly complement this experience as a professional musician. In either school I studied with the best teachers: Joe La Barbera, Peter Retzlaff, Ian Froman, Vince Cherico, Marko Djordjevic, Mark Flynn, Brad Flickinger, and many more.