Thomas Sporrer is known for his work as a chamber and orchestra musician, as the drummer and/or percussionist for various bands and projects, and last but not least, as a soloist in a variety of styles. In addition to orchestral productions, his broad experience and talent allow him to shine within styles ranging from crossover to musical theater productions, as well as studio productions and live appearances.
Thomas is currently a member of Martin Grubinger's - The Percussive Planet Ensemble, the Vivi Vassileva Quartet, the Ensemble Clazzic (a crossover of jazz and classical music), and the Japanese taiko group DRUMATURGIA. He also regularly appears with soul and pop singer Maggie Jane as well as various gala bands.
Born in Schongau, Germany, Thomas Sporrer discovered his passion for drums at the age of nine. By the time he was 12, he was gigging as a professional musician, and shortly thereafter, he was already touring Germany, Poland and Finland.
Under the tutelage of Stefan Blum, Jörg Hannabach, Thomas Höfs and Guido Rückel, Thomas graduated with a degree in classical percussion – with distinction – from the Nuremberg-Augsburg University of Music (Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg-Augsburg) in 2009. Later on, during his master's program at the University of Augsburg, he was taught by Jost Nickel and Roland Peil. Remaining thirsty for knowledge, he has since continued his studies with the likes of Anika Nilles, Eliel Lazo, Stefan Maass and Rhani Krija, broadening his musical horizons in the realms of gospel drumming and latin/pop percussion.
As an orchestral percussionist, Thomas Sporrer has appeared: as a solo timpanist at the State Opera in Cairo; as an apprentice with the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra; as a soloist with the Munich Radio Orchestra (Münchner Rundfunkorchester) and the Rhineland-Palatinate State Orchestra (Staatsorchester Rheinland-Pfalz) – both appearances, performing the Roland Kunz oratorio “Peace of the Soul”(“Der Seele Ruh”); and within various productions offered by the Munich Symphony Orchestra (Münchner Symphonikern), e.g., the "Mandela Trilogy", "Lord of the Rings", "James Bond", etc.). He has worked with conductors such as Christian Schumann, Ludwig Wicki, Anu Tali, Albert Horne, Kevin John Edusei, Ekart Wycik, Scott Lawton and Enrico Delamboye.
In 2011, along with Carl Amadeus Hiller and Japanese taiko virtuoso Takuya Taniguchi, he founded DRUMATURGIA, a group combining electrifying choreography with the raw power of Asian drums. Together, they present original contemporary works, including custom compositions from celebrated composers such as Wilfried Hiller, among others. The project also regularly collaborates with various ensembles, such as the Henschel Quartet, and avoids genre classification through its alter ego "Drumaturgia & Friends" – a larger lineup which delves into a crossover of jazz and world music.
From 2013 to 2017, Thomas Sporrer toured worldwide, with a band, as ambassadors for the Goethe Institut. During that time, the band enjoyed a long-standing cooperation with Germany’s public international broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Utilizing DW’s promotional vehicle of a “band video diary”, they performed across Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, in front of thousands of enthusiastic learners of the German language. The band also played with renowned orchestras such as the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra and the Babelsberg Film Orchestra.
A versatile percussionist, Thomas also explored the world of musical theater through projects with Cirque du Soleil, Team Extreme ("Vertical Orchestra") and Power Percussion. He was even featured as a soloist during the opening of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in a piece directed by André Heller and Christian Stückl.
Photos by Philipp Koch & Christina Klemm