Konrad is a nationally recognised drum kit artist who is a passionate performer, teacher and composer. His strong groove and musicality has been the backbone for leading artists including Multi Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans and vocal great Renee Geyer, through to the contemporary music of Brian Ritchie’s Shakuhachi Club. Konrad is currently studying Composition at UTas under Dr. Maria Grenfell.
Konrad lived in Melbourne from 2008-14, experiencing highlights such as backing David Campbell and Marina Prior for the MSO. He collaborated with Australian greats, Tim Neal (Hammond Organ) and Simon Patterson (guitar), as the Tim Neal Trio, culminating in a recording at ABC for Mal Stanley’s Jazz Track program.
Konrad’s studies at UTas have greatly furthered his musical aims and compositions skills. He writes from his second instrument, the Chapman Stick, a ten string tapping instrument. As a UTas student, Konrad has been able to write more prolifically for his various ensembles. As a Chapman Stick artist, Konrad aka Stickrad, writes and performs his compositions with Stickrad Trio, to audiences in search of a new listening experience.
As co-artistic director of Southern Stick Events, Konrad brought international “Stickists” Bob Culbertson to Australia in 2010, for a teaching seminar and Stick Night concert. Konrad continues to compose and have a performance career on the Chapman Stick, a collaboration with Rudolf Moser from Einstürzende Neubauten is planned for 2017.
Konrad has created two new ensembles this year, Big Small Band a hard-bop /post bop 6 piece and Studley Moore an 8 piece funk behemoth. He is equally focused on his teaching practice and sustains ensemble and private lessons at Elizabeth College, Rosny College and The Friends School.
Konrad is now permanently based in Hobart, Tasmania and continues to back local and interstate artists from a wide variety of backgrounds.