That I would ever study classical percussion was certainly not evident when I started with music, to be exact with playing the piano, at age 10. Drums were added at age 14, and the „classical“ percussion instruments somewhat later. I was heard for the first time as a vibraphonist on Bavarian Radio at age 17 – seen in retrospect perhaps the initial spark leading to the path of becoming a professional musician.
The interest in percussion instruments was always beyond the boundaries of „classical“. A facination with the diversity of sounds and playing techniques was the reason why I did not want to attach myself to one particular type of music, and why I also took private instruction in Latin percussion and drumset during my conservatory studies.
This versatility brought me many nice engagements as a percussionist in symphony orchestras, in musicals, with various percussion ensembles and as solo drummer at the opening ceremony of the world soccer championship in 2006 in Germany. I'm currently literally „blowing up“ as a vertical drummer with the Performance on Air Formation „Team Extreme“. Tours and concerts have taken me to Dubai, Doha, Cairo, Istanbul, Mumbai, Rome, Paris, Toulouse and Turkmenistan, et al.
In 2006, I was awarded a scholarship from the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation „Live Music Now“, by which, next to ability on an instrument, social involvement is a basic prerequisite. I attempt to include this in my artistic work time and again, with projects such as „Art & Disability“ in cooperation with the Bavarian Theater Academy of the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich and the State School for the Physically Challenged.
After my graduation in 2009, I started with SchlagZu. Of course it's like a dream for me, to have on one hand the whole world of percussion instruments here with me, and on the other to be able to increase my knowledge through the continuous interaction with other percussionists.
For a better performance!