Manic's ENDORSER, Drum teacher

Nicolas Unger / DE

Born in Heidelberg, Nicolas Unger lives in southern Germany. He studied classical percussion, percussion ensemble and drumset at Hochschule für Musik Wuerzburg with Mark C. Lutz, Matthias Schmitt and Jo Nied.

His teachers were Michael Klein (Principal Timpanist of the Theatre Magdeburg, Jochen Brenner (Principal Timpanist of the SWR SInfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg) and Thomas Keemss (Professor at the Hochschule für Musik Saar in Saarbrücken, Germany and Professor at the Hochschule Heidelberg (faculty for therapy sciences).

He took further lessons with Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Claus Hessler, Udo Dahmen, Wolfgang Basler, Andrea Schneider und Nick Petrella.

He played with bands and orchestras in Germany, Italy, Hungary and Spain and worked with the Residenz Percussion Quartett with Jeff Beer and Mike Svoboda.

With the Residenz Percussion Quartett he won the 1st price of Musikalische Akademie Würzburg, the 2nd price at the Hochschulwettbewerb Leipzig and was supported by the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Live Music Now. With the quartet he is featured on the CDs Percussion Around The World and the drum speaks (by Klaus Hinrich Stahmer).

He visited drum clinics given by John „JR“ Robinson, Dave Weckl, Benny Greb, Danny Gottlieb, Sonny Emory, Dom Famularo, Elvin Jones (in N.Y.C.) Greg Bissonette, Anika Nilles, Adam Nussbaum, Todd Suchermann, Wolfgang Haffner and Jost Nickel.

At concerts and clinics he witnessed the music playing of Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd, Phil Collins, Bernhard „Pretty“ Purdie, Vinnie Colaiuta, Jojo Mayer, Greg Bissonette, Rick Marotta (with Will Lee on bass), Steve Smith, Nicko McBrain, Simon Phillips, Will Calhoun, Steve Smith, Marco Minnemann, Kenny Aronoff, Johnny Rabb, Zorro, Jack DeJohnette, Al Foster, Trilok Gurtu, Alex Van Halen, Jeff „Tain“ Watts, Will Kennedy, Jack Bruno, Joe Porcaro, Chester Thompson, Deen Costronovo, Jon Hiseman, Dave Weckl, Ludwig „Lui“ Ludwig, Ralf Gustke, Peter Sadlo, Meinhardt „Obi“ Jenne and Edgar Guggeis.

Jim Chapin commented on Nicolas Unger´s drum playing: 
„Nicolas, you are really excellent“

Earning a living with drum teaching, he founded a publishing house in 2015 and is currently enforcing his online video activities to pass on his huge experience to his online audience.