Jannis

About Me

To me, music is a very personal feeling that brings people together and evokes all sorts of emotions, senses and imagination beyond all stylistic specifications. Affected mostly by patience, melody and narration, all notes I play are based on those attributes. Stylistically I find myself mostly connected to improvised and original music, where individuality and personality stay in the foreground.

I was born on November 6, 1990, in Hanover (Germany) and have been playing the drums since the age of 9. Fascinated by diversity, individuality and emotionality within music I just graduated with a masters degree from the „European Jazz Master“ program. This program gave me the opportunity to study and experience the vibrant and colorful atmosphere in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris.

During the past years I have lived and studied in Osnabrück, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris. I played concerts with several groups and musicians in Germany, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Netherlands, Denmark and Norway. In 2016, my compositional works got rewarded with the composition price at the renowned competition „Biberacher Jazzpreis“.

The educational work - or to put it more nicely: the sharing of my musical idea - has a high importance for me. Therefore I’ve been giving drum and music lessons for around 10 years, no matter what age or level. I have both worked privately or in international institutions such as the „American International School Rotterdam“ or „Virtuosi School of Music Den Haag“. Besides all technical and stylistic knowledge it is really important for me to have a creative and versatile approach to music. Stimulating the imagination helps to approach problems or challenges in everyday life from multiple perspectives, no matter what your regular work is about.

Education

Master of Music: Conservatory van Amsterdam within the "Eujam" program, study terms in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Paris
Bachelor of Music: Codarts Conservatorium Rotterdam

Experience / Qualifications

Prizes: Composition Prize at Jazzpreis Biberach 2016, 3rd Price at Jazzpreis Biberach 2016, Study Up Award at the Conservatory Osnabrück 2013, Several prizes at the German competition Jugend Musiziert on several stages (2007, 2011)

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