Born into a musical family in Germany in the 60’s, Hans was first introduced to classical music by his grandmother, a Chopin & Brahms loving pianist. His mother had aspirations of being an opera singer but that dream was truncated by the second World War. Hans’ biggest influence was his uncle Walter, who was an accomplished Jazz pianist that shared the music of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and Gershwin early on. His father blasted a mix of Mahalia Jackson, Ella Fitzgerald and Baden Powell through gigantic HiFi speakers, which were common fashion at the time.
Hans’ inner rebel countered with Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath. Then on to Stevie Wonder, Earth, Wind & Fire, Genesis, Yes, Pat Metheny and Steely Dan. By the age of sixteen Hans was clear about one thing – becoming a professional musician!
In the late 80’s Hans decided to follow his heart and moved to Rio De Janeiro to study Brazilian music. It had always fascinated him and his original compositions were influenced by artists like Milton Nascimento, Ivan Lins, Djavan and Caetano Veloso.
Hans has 8 original albums to his credit as well as 50+ albums as producer and countless appearances as a studio musician. He toured extensively for years in Europe and the US with more than 250 shows/year until 2015 when he settled down. Hans lives now in Seattle enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Northwest and producing music for TV/Film out of his own studio.