Originally from Munich, Germany, I started drumming in the year 2000. During my teenage years, I played in several original and cover bands, covering styles such as rock, pop, funk, and metal. In 2008, I spent two weeks in New York at the Drummers Collective. Aside from music, I also have always had a big interest in science and the environment. Therefore, while staying an active member of the Munich music scene, I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from University of Technology Munich (Technische Universität München).
After graduating in 2012, I made the decision to go back to New York to pursue music. I would live, study, and play there for the next two and a half years. During this time, I expanded my playing abilities in many styles. First and foremost, I studied Jazz and any kind of improvised music, including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Caribbean and other modern styles of drumming. While being an active member of the local music scene (for example, my playing can be heard on Carolann Brevard’s album “Greatness”), I had the opportunity to learn from masters such as Peter Retzlaff, Jason Gianni, Marko Djordjevic, Ian Froman, Vince Cherico, Nate Radley, Sean Conly, and Frank Gravis.
Upon graduating in 2014, I commenced my studies at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. While attending grad school there, I got to study with such greats as Joe La Barbera and Alphonso Johnson, as well as Darek Oles, David Roitstein, Larry Koonse, Joey de León, Randy Gloss, and Vinnie Golia. Since my graduation from CalArts with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2017, I have been an active member of the LA music scene with a passion for both playing and teaching, as well as composing my own original material. My capabilities on the drum set and on percussion instruments are not limited to any certain style, but span a big variety of genres, including: Funk, Jazz, Rock, Metal, Pop, R’n’B, Soul, Reggae, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, other Caribbean and Latin styles, etc. I have performed and recorded with bands in venues across Europe and the U.S. I also have extended experience in teaching. Both in my playing and teaching, I emphasize the importance of being versatile and studying different styles and techniques.