About Me

About me

I am a Tokyo-based drummer and music educator from Germany, living in Japan since 2009.

After being a flourishing member of the German jazz scene for many years, I currently reside in the Tokyo area performing with a variety of national and international acts as a freelance musician. I am also a dedicated music educator, presently teaching in the Jazz Department at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and giving private drum lessons to students of all kinds. 

As a performer I have worked in a variety of situations, including concerts, tours and recording sessions in Europe, the USA and Asia, and with venues ranging from the tiniest Tokyo Jazz Clubs to big outdoor festivals and arenas.
Artists I have worked with include Makoto Ozone, Branford Marsalis, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Lisa Ono, Dan Nimmer, Sarah McKenzie, Tomonao Hara, Seiichi Nakamura, Jun Abe, Kengo Nakamura, Kanji Ishimaru, Junko Moriya, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr, Martin Sasse, Michel Reis and Mike Tucker besides many others.
I have also appeared on japanese TV in music shows, commercials, and was portrayed in a NHK show.

I studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA from 2001 until 2004. 

I am an endorser for Canopus Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, and Regal Tip Sticks & Brushes.


ドイツ・ハノーファー生まれ。米バークリー音楽大学を首席で卒業。ドイツへ帰国後、Branford Marsalis、Jesse Davis などと共演し、全欧各国での演奏活動を幅広く展開すると同時に、教育の場でも実績を挙げる。
2009年より東京を拠点に活動中。主な共演者は渡辺貞夫、小曽根真、松田聖子、小野リサ、今井美樹、吉田栄作、石丸幹二、 Dan Nimmer、David Bryant、中村誠一、原朋直、安部潤、中川英二郎、守屋純子、寺久保エレナなど。

Canopus・Zildjan・Regal Tip のエンドーザー。

Dennis Frehse holding a cymbal in front of a black background.