Thomas Dobler


Born in 1978, Thomas was just 4 years old when he started playing the drums. Many different stiles of music continued to play a crucial role in his life. He studied classical percussion at the Conservatory of Music in Zurich and Strasbourg. Meanwhile he learned to improvise, to play Jazz and Rock mostly autodidact and performed with many bands as a vibist or as a drummer. 

 Classical music:

1995-2009 he performed and recorded as an orchestral percussionist with various Swiss symphony orchestras including the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich, working with an eminent group of conductors including Mariss Jansons, Georg Solti, Gennadij Rosdetwiensky, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Armin Jordan, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Charles Dutoit, David Zinman.  1998-2005 he performed and recorded as a marimba und vibes player with leading chamber music ensembles, working with contemporary composers including Luciano Berio, Wolfgang Rihm, Georgy Kurtag, Heinz Holliger. Thomas performed at many prestigious music festivals including the BBC Proms, Menuhin Festival, Lucerne Festival.

Since 2005 he performs as a classical soloist with various orchestras including the Zürcher Kammerorchester,  MDR Symhony Orchestra Leipzig, Camerata Bern, Sinfonieorchester St. Gallen, Düsseldorf Festival Orchestra, Orchester Musikkollegium Winterthur.


Thomas started in 2001 to assemble his own Jazz groups. In 2002, he recorded his first album with his trio featuring the vibraphone. From 2009 to 2014 he toured and recorded in duo with US pianist Kenny Drew Jr. 

Mostly as a bandleader, but also as a guest soloist, Thomas played with many great Jazz musicians including:

harmonica: Olivier Ker-Ourio

piano: Kenny Drew Jr , Dado Moroni, Vince Benedetti, Francesc Capella, André Desponds, Andy Scherrer, Thierry Lang, Emil Spanyi, Robi Weber, Alon Yavnai, Alessandro D'Episcopo

bass: Reggie Johnson, Roman Dylag, Georg Breinschmid, M.A. Cordero, Lorenzo Barriendos, Bänz Oester, Rätus Flisch, Aldo Zunino, Thomas Hirt, Kalli Gerhards, Joel Reiff, K.T. Geier, J.P. Schaller, Stefan Kurmann, Isla Eckinger, Dudu Penz

perc: Nan Mercader, Yoan Sanchez, Ayekoos Drummers of Ghana

drums: Sangoma Everett, Peter Schmidlin, Marcel Papaux, Pius Baschnagel, Curt Treier, Alberto Canonico, Damian Bassman, Cyril Regamey, Alberto Canonico, Peter Preibisch, Toni Renold

sax: Andy Scherrer, George Robert, Daniel Schnyder, Paul Jeffrey, Roberto Bonisolo, Jürg Morgenthaler

git: Françis Coletta, Dani Solimine, Alieksey Vianna

violin: Adam Taubitz, Duilio Galfetti

cello: Daniel Pezzotti

trombone : Dave Taylor, René Mosele

french horn : Arkadij Shilkloper

voc: La Velle, Marianne Racine, Sandra Studer, Judy Emeline

accordeon : Denis Croisonnier

trumpet : Jeff Baud

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