Ferdinand Schäfer, born in 1981 in Germany, got his first piano lesson at the age of eight years, followed by his first percussion lesson at the age of ten.
After playing in various school bands and orchestras he studied percussion at the Akademie fuer Tonkunst Darmstadt, Germany, with Berthold Anhalt and Jens Knoop.
His first engagements led him to the orchestras of the City of Trier and to Darmstadt before he became percussionist with the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008.
Mr. Schäfer has performed with many other well-known orchestras in Germany. Concert tours have brought him to the United States, Mexico, Brasil, Great Britain, France, Austria and to many other countries in the world.