Jonathan Haessler was born on June 6 1985 in Colmar (France). At the age of 5, he showed a marked interest for the rhythm, and started to study with Benoît MOERLEN, (arespected percussionist who has worked with Mike Oldfield, Gong, and Gongzilla amongst others) and who subsequently introduced a group of young pupils to percussive music, which encouraged Jonathan to take up drumming. Jonathan has the opportunity to see great drummers such as Terry Bozzio, Robin DiMaggio, Billy Cobham and André Ceccarelli, and he considers a drum kit to be an independently-functioning pure musical instrument, which he makes ‘sing’ in its own fashion. Furthermore, Benoît Moerlen tailored his course of study to the needs of his pupil, which included encouraging him to improvise in order to enrich and further his studies.
After passing his Baccalaureate examination, he devoted his time to practical
instrumental study, following the courses offered by Denis RIEDINGER (Timpani),
Emmanuel SEJOURNE (Keyboard), Stephan FOUGEROUX (Snare drums and multiple percussion instruments) and Thomas VANDEVENNE (Jazz) at the National Music Conservatory of Strasbourg, yet still remaining faithful to his first love – drumming.