Faculty

CLAUS HESSLER

Master of Moeller technique.
Successor to Jim Chapin.
Innovator in the “Open-Handed” style of drumming.

One of the best educators in the world, he has been teaching in Germany, England, USA, Austria, Portugal, South Korea, Iran, Croatia, Norway, France, Romania, Spain, Australia and China.

During that time, he has taught many professional drummers, including Anika Nilles.

Creator of a comprehensive drum teaching program, Claus has published a series of educational books and DVDs, which are an endless source of knowledge about technique, coordination, and musical expression.

He has shared the stage with many great drummers, including Steve Smith, Alex Acuna, Walfredo Reyes Jr., JoJo Mayer, Johnny Rabb, and Luis Conte.

He has performed all around the world – eg. during the Australian Ultimate Drummer’s Weekend

In 2016 he was the guest of the most popular drum portal in the world – DRUMEO, where he recorded an excellent masterclass about Swiss and Collapsed Rudiments.

“I don’t know anybody who has been closer to Moeller’s technique than Claus Hessler.” – Jim Chapin, 2006

Claus is not only a great teacher, with many successes on his account! First and foremost, he is a virtuosic improviser and his hand and feet coordination is masterly. He is able to perform complicated ostinatos, while perfectly executing Moeller’s technique. His ease and independence are remarkable.

Check out some of his videos to get a glimpse of what you will be able to experience and learn in August!

PARADIDDLE

DOUBLE PEDAL

SZYMON FORTUNA

Student of Claus Hessler.
Recipient of Berklee College of Music Scholarship.

Szymon is a session musician who has travelled the world playing the drums.
Organizer of Open Minded Drum Camp.

Szymon has been playing the drums for about twenty years. His biggest asset is stylistic versatility and sight-reading skills. In the past few years, he has played several hundred shows based on avista sight-reading.

Szymon has studied his craft with jazz studies at Middlesex University in London and at Berklee College of Music (Summer Program). He studied with drummers like Gene Colderazzo (USA), Harry Tanschek (AUT), and in the past three years he has continued to learn and grow with the help of Claus Hessler.

In 2014, Szymon received a Berklee World Tour Scholarship to the value of $20,000.

Szymon is very passionate about teaching and sharing his knowledge with others.