At the age of 6 he started to play the organ, and then he switched to drums and guitar at the same time at the age of 11. At the age of 19 when he gained the reputation of an extraordinarily talented drummer and composer which led him to Munich. His reputation as a brilliant drummer gained worldwide attention. Prominent were his solo workshops, for example, at the Frankfurt Music Fair, PASIC in Dallas and a solo performance at the Modern Drummer Festival in Toronto, where he had the honor of being the first German drummer to display his talents. His performance, in the eyes of professionals and music trade magazines, catapulted him into the Top Ten of the drumming world.