ANDREJĀ“S FATHER SASCHA PLAYED THE DRUMS IN A JAZZBAND AND BROUGHT HIS WIFE AND KIDS TO NUMEROUS CONCERTS. GREATEST MEMORIES: EXPERIENCING RAY CHARLES, JOE ZAWINUL AND THE MOSCOW ART TRIO LIVE. ALL TAKING PLACE IN THE WILD 1990s IN MOSCOW.

HE STARTED PLAYING THE PIANO WHEN BEING 6 YEARS OLD, BUT STOPPED IT WHEN HE SERIOUSLY GOT INTO COMPETETIVE SWIMMING.

AT AGE 10, HE BECAME MOSCOW'S FASTEST SWIMMER OF HIS AGE'S CATEGORY.

HIS BIGGEST IDOL BACK THEN WAS THE "ZAR", ALEXANDER POPOV.

AFTER MOVING BACK TO BERLIN AND PLAYING THE TROMBONE FOR JUST 3 MONTHS ANDREJ JOINED THE LOCAL SYMPHONIC BRASS ORCHESTRA AND SOON AFTER GOT MEMBER OF QUITE A FEW SOUL, FUNK, JAZZ AND BIG BANDS IN TOWN.

ANDREJ SOUGHT OUT SOME OF THE FINEST JAZZ TROMBONE PLAYERS OF OUR TIME.

MAINLY HE STUDIED AT WDR BIGBAND LEAD TROMBONIST LUDWIG NUSS AND WAS TAUGHT BY JIGGS WIGHAM, WYCLIFF GORDON, MICHAEL DAVIS, MARSHALL GUILKES, AMONG OTHERS. 

HE STUDIED IN THE JAZZ INSTITUT BERLIN, HFM WEIMAR AND LATER GOT A EUROPEAN JAZZMASTER DEGREE. 

EUJAM IS A JOINT MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMME OFFERED BY THE CONSERVATORIES OF AMSTERDAM, BERLIN, COPENHAGEN, PARIS AND TRONDHEIM. IT IS ESPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR TALENTED CONTEMPORARY JAZZ PERFORMERS WHO WANT TO STAY AT THE FOEREFRONT OF DEVELOPMENT IN MUSIC, CULTURE AND BUSINESS. 

TODAY HE IS BASED IN BERLIN, VERY WELL KNOWN AND IN GREAT DEMAND AS A SIDEMAN AND STUDIOMUSICIAN.

HE HAS WORKED WITH THE OMNIVERSAL EARKESTRA, ANDROMEDA MEGA EXPRESS, WDR BIGBAND, MEGALOH, TONY ALLEN, SALIF KEITA, NIELS FRAHM AND MANY MORE.

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