Born in 1967 in Mallersdorf, Mr. Schindlbeck began drumming at age five. After serving as principal percussionist at the Mannheim Nationaltheater, he joined the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 1992. While mastering classical percussion, he is also actively performing as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Jazz Group and appears at numerous jazz festivals. In addition, Mr. Schindlbeck teaches younger musicians as an advisor at the Herbert von Karajan Foundation and as a professor at the Academy of Music Hanns Eisler Berlin.
Mr. Schindlbeck heads the list of artists who are essential in helping Yamaha to achieve further advances in percussion. His initial encounter with Yamaha dates back to his purchase of Yamaha Recording Custom Drums at age 16 that was motivated by his idolization of legendary drummer Steve Gadd. Subsequently, in June 2001 when the Percussion Division was established at Yamaha Frankfurt Atelier, one of the Yamaha's wind instrument R&D bases, a Yamaha representative visited Mr. Schindlbeck to get his impressions of the latest Yamaha percussion thereby making the start of joint development of snare drums. This relationship eventually led to the development of the BSM-1450 and BSM-1465, which realize a diverse sound that is both strong and delicate. These Yamaha snare drums thus serve as valuable partners enabling the range of musical expression required by the world's premier Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other Percussion Artists
Born on July 24, 1938, in the Bronx, New York, Mike Mainieri started to learn vibraphone from the age of 12 and made his professional debut at the age of 14. After performing as a member of the Buddy Rich Band, he served as a pioneer in the New York style fusion movement as a band leader of legendary groups, including White Elephant, L'Image, STEPS and STEPS AHEAD together with Steve Gadd, Michael Brecker and other artists in 1970s.
Don Liuzzi was born and raised in Weymouth, Massachusetts, and completed high school at the Franklin Learning Center in Philadelphia. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan and his Master of Music degree from Temple University. Before joining The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1989, Mr. Liuzzi was a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony percussion section from 1982 to 1989.