Arthur Hnatek (pronounced Na-tek), drummer/composer/electronica artist, is a 26 years old swiss born, award winner, multi-instrumentalist musician, probably performing near you soon. He holds a bachelor degree from the New School for Jazz in New York City, where he studied with musicians among Kirk Nurock, Timothy Andres, John Hollenbeck, Robert Sadin, Jim Black, Nate Wood and Mark Guiliana.
He has travelled all around the world performing in festivals among The Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), La Cite de La Musique (Paris,FR), Festival de Vienne (FR), Festival Jazz de Marciac (FR), North Sea Jazz Festival (NLD), Montreal Jazz Festival (CA), the London Jazz Festival (ENG), The Cotton Club of Tokyo (JP), Yoshi's in Oakland (USA) or the Reykjavik Jazz Festival (IS).
Arthur has won twice, in 2006 and 2007, the swiss drum contest held in Altishofen, (CH), in front of 170 other participants. At age 16, he was granted a scholarship to study at the Drummer's Collective in New York for a summer semester.
On the side of his work as a leader, with The Arthur Hnatek Trio or Melismetiq, Arthur is an active sideman performing in a variety of styles. He has been seen performing with Tigran Hamasyan Trio or Quintet, Erik Truffaz Quartet, Dan Tepfer Trio, Sophie Hunger, John Patitucci, Guillaume Perret, Franky Rousseau Big Band, Nate Wood Band, Camila Meza, Vincent Ruiz and John Aram Quintet just to name a few.
Arthur also represented Switzerland at the Yamaha Groove All-Stars in 2008, among drummers such as John JR Robinson or Wolfgang Haffner.
In 2009, Arthur received a number of scholarships. Among them, he was one of the 8 swiss artists to be granted by the the Leenaards Foundation. Both the Gerber-Stiftung and the Lyra Foundation also awarded Arthur, encouraging him in his move to New York.
At the moment, he is seen touring with Nonesuch and ECM recording artist: Tigran Hamasyan, as well as produced some remixes for him (released on Universal). He is also busy collaborating on Erik Truffaz's upcoming album.
As a composer, he has written for orchestra, string quartets, chamber ensemble, big bands and small ensembles. Commissions have been received from the Puplinge Classique Festival (in 2013: Now for septet and piano), the Jeunesse Musicale of Switzerland (in 2014, Noèse for jazz trio and orchestra) and the Geneva Brass Festival (2015, for big band and brass quintet).
Arthur has worked as a film composer on numerous occasions. Recently, he scored Pierre Amstutz Roch's short movie To Be Delivered which has won the Best International Film award by the Los Angeles Movie Awards.
As an electronica artist, he has produced remixes for Manu Delago (Bjork) and Tigran among others.
In February 2013, Arthur and his collaborative group, have won a competition sponsored by Louis Vuitton based on a piece for dance, music and fashion design.
In September 2013, Arthur puts out the arc lite suite , his first full length album featuring his compositions for large ensemble.
In February 2015, Tigran unveiled his new album Mockroot, released on New York based label Nonesuch. The record is quickly acclaimed worldwide for its exceptional nature.
Arthur proudly represents Yamaha Drums, Meinl Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks
People he has worked with:
Tigran Hamasyan / John Patitucci/ Shai Maestro / Erik Truffaz / Sam Minaie / Ari Bragi Karason / Nate Wood / Nir Felder / Gregoire Maret / Charles Altura / Dan Tepfer / Kirk Nurock / Rick Rosato / Jonathan Levy / Michael Valeanu / Phil Donkin / Tom Cawley / Ohad Talmor / Jean-Lou Treboux / Marc Mean / Yacine Boulares / Christoph Stiefel / Malcolm Braff / Guillaume Perret / Moncef Genoud / L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / The JM Jazz Big Band / Louis Schwizgebel-Wang / Yamaha Groove All-Star Band / Eden Ladin / Chris Stover / Alexis Cuadrado / Austin Peralta / The Sammy Miller Congregation and Mike Rood among others.
"Hnatek's drum kit, thundering out polyrhythms and complex cross-rhythms" (...) "drummer Arthur Hnatek, another superlative player who mixed the electric with the acoustic" - John Kelman (All About Jazz), 2014
"played like a seasoned drumming veteran with never a hint of ego and a sense of groove that belied his age(...) We WILL be hearing much more from him." - MikeDolbear.com (drum blog), 2008
"At only 17, Arthur is nothing short of amazing." - Andrew Small, drummer for Kylie Minogue, Massive Attack among others, 2008.
"Many drummers from the u.s. and from all over europe played that night, but it was this 17 year old kid who got stuck in my head. arthur performed tower of power's "you've got to funkifize" and he sounded simply amazing. bernhard castiglioni of drummerworld.com and jojo mayer stood next to me while he was on and all of us where seriously impressed by his mature playing and technical abilities." -
Norbert Saemann, drummer and artist relation manager for Meinl Cymbals, 2008.