Name: Bernhard Welz
Born: May 28th 1978
In: Graz / Austria
Lives in: Upper Austria
2020: Diploma degree in drums, Jazz & improvised music and musicpedagogy at the conservatory Innsbruck
2019-2020: Producer & audio engineering of „HörHin“, - Austria´s biggest audiobook recording project on 100 schools with 2000 students all over Austria.
2017: Quality-certificate „Rock, Pop Jazz“ – by the government of Germany for high quality music lessons
2006: Teaching permission for music and drums, given by the government of Austria
2011-2019 : Lecturer at the “Music Academy Deggendorf”
2004-dato: Teaching drums, piano, music-theory, recording, production, ear-training, live tec., preparing for the study of music, ensembles, Big Band, and many more in Nürnberg, Munich, Traunstein, Enns…
2000-2001: SAE technology college Vienna – “Audio Engineering”
1999-2005: Jazz drums & popular music at the Conservatory Klagenfurt, Vienna Conservatory with Erich Bachträgl and others
1993-1997: Bundesoberstufen-gymnasium Grieskirchen (Music-gymnasium)
1988-1993: Gymnasium Leibnitz 1984-1988: Elementary school Leibnitz
Bernhard started playing the pianos at the music school at the age of 8.
Later in 1991 he started playing guitar due to influences of Queen guitar player Brian May. It was at the end of October 1993, where his dad invited him to a show of the british Rock band Deep Purple. Being thrilled by Ian Paice´s drumming at this show, Bern started playing the drums in a music gymnasium. His parents always supported him in his plans, and so his dad bought him a new drum kit.
After joining some bands with some friends from school he decided to get a pro musician, practiced every day for serveral hours and passed the qualification examination for music and jazz drums at the conservatory in Klagenfurt in 1999.
In 2000 he moved to Vienna, went to the SAE college and kept on studying drums at the conservatory. One year later he got known to his hero Ian Paice in Italy and joined many clinics, Ian held this time all over Italy. On 28th of September 2001 Ian and Bernhard decided to do a show together in Austria, which they successfully did exactly one year later on 28th of September 2002 in Wels/Austria
Because of Ian, he also got known to Jon Lord and the rest of the Purple crew, where the other projects developed over the last years.