About Me

About me

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

After being a flourishing member of the German jazz scene for many years, I currently reside in Japan 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 Course at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music and giving private drum lessons to students of all kinds. 

Performances include concerts and tours in Europe, the USA and Asia with a variety of musicians including Makoto Ozone, Branford Marsalis, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Lisa Ono, Tomonao Hara, Seiichi Nakamura, Kengo Nakamura, Junko Moriya, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr, Dan Nimmer, Martin Sasse, Michel Reis and Mike Tucker besides others. Additionally I have done various recordings with a wide range of artists and TV appearances for music shows and commercials.

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.



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