Raphael Haeger had wanted a percussion set since the age of four, although he although enjoyed playing other instruments, especially the piano. For a long time, the graduate of the Trossingen Staatliche Hochschule für Musik couldn’t decide with which of the two instruments to make his professional career. His acceptance by the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2004 was the determining factor. Before that, Haeger had been a percussionist in the orchestra of the Mannheim Nationaltheater and artistic director of two jazz concert series. In 2002, as a pianist, he released a CD with his own jazz compositions. Playing the piano is now among his favorite hobbies, along with reading, walking and swimming.
Photo: Jim Rakete