About the Artist
Neils Engel is the regular drummer in The Grund Club VOICES Band. He started playing for The Grund Club in 2015. His musical career started at the Conservatory of Esch-sur-Alzette in Luxembourg where he studied mainly classical music (clarinet, classic percussion, solfeggio, classic harmony, chamber music, orchestral playing and brass band).
Niels got more into jazz music, especially into drums and took lessons in jazz drumming at the Conservatory of Luxembourg. At the young age of 16, he won the “Young European Soloist Competition” in Luxembourg, a year later he became a finalist of the “European Drummer Competition” in Germany and finally at the age of 18, he finished his degree in drums from the Conservatory of Esch-sur-Alzette. After this, he got accepted at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague Netherlands, where he studied jazz drums with Joost Patocka, Stefan Kruger, Frits Landesbergen and Erik Ineke. In 2009 he moved to Amsterdam to finish his bachelor’s degree with Marcel Serierse and Martijn Vink at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
As a sideman, Neils also won prestigious competitions such as the “Prinses Christina Concours” and the “Grote Prijs van Nederland” in 2010, and three years later in 2013 with the “Matiss Cudars 4tet” he won the famous “European Burghausen Jazz Award” in Germany.
He currently plays in different formations and groups such as the Orchestre National de Jazz de Luxembourg, Pol Belardi’s Force, Marc Mangen Trio, BEAM, Ernie Hammes Group, David Ascani 4tet and more. From 2016 he is teaching drums at the Conservatory of Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg.