Markus Berka

Independent, Circus Roncalli

Markus Berka

Bandname Independent, Circus Roncalli
Country Germany
Genre Independent
Product Configuration
  • a 22" x 18" Bass Drum (MCX2218BX/C)
  • b 8" x 7" Tom (MCX8007T/C)
  • c 10" x 8" Tom (MCX1008T/C)
  • d 12" x 9" Tom (MCX1209T/C)
  • e 14" x 14" Floor Tom (MMCX1414F/C)
  • f 16" x 16" Floor Tom (MCX1616F/C)
  • g 13" x 5" Omar Hakim Signature Snare (OH1350)
  • h 14" x 6,5" Dennis Chambers Signature Snare (DC1465)

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Markus Berka studied music at the Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten (HkA) in the Netherlands. Even before his time as a student, and continuing through his years of study, Markus played with internationally-recognized musicians such as Kenny Wheeler, Rubin Eubanks, Christoph Spendel, Ack van Rooyen, Gitte Heanning, et al..

In recent years his professional engagements has taken him to more than 40 countries.
2005 saw him take the drum chair on the musical Sweet Charity in Aachen’s Grenzlandtheater. Various theatre shows followed, including Abba Mania, Sunset Boulevard, Marilyn, Tintenherz, Little Shop of Horrors and Wicked, which established his reputation as a sought-after musicals and show drummer.

As a touring drummer, Markus has played in many of Europe’s best-known venues such as Gewandhaus/Leipzig, Festspielhaus/Baden Baden, Köpi Arena/Oberhausen, Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Hamburg, Stadthalle/Wien, Carré/Amsterdam, l’Olympia/Paris, Musicfestival/Ankara, etc…

Nowadays Markus is one of the busiest Drummer in Europe’s Music Industry performing more then 350 Gigs per year. In March 2010 Markus became principal Drummer for Europe’s most famous ‘Circus Roncalli’ and is currently on tour through Europe.

 Playing as Sideman with major Jazz & Pop Acts
- Pia Douwes
- Anna Montanaro
- Simone Kleinsma
- Kenny Wheeler
- Rüdiger Hoffmann
- Gitte Haenning
- Robin Eubanks
- Christian Howes
- Christoph Spendel
- André Nendza
- Antonie Kamerling
- Carlo Nardozza
- Ruben Hein
- Ack van Rooyen
- Hans-Peter Salentin
Playing Shows and Musical
- Sweet Charity (at Grenzlandtheater Aachen, Germany, Tour)
- Abba Mania (Worldwide Touring) 
- Tintenherz (at Junges Theater Bonn, Germany, Tour)
- Marilyn – Das Musical (at Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg)
- Wicked (Stage Entertainment - at Palladium Theater Stuttgart, Germany)
- Sunset Boulevard Symphony Orchestra (Joop van den Ende - Holland National Tour)
- Little Shop of Horrors (at Grenzlandtheater Aachen, Germany)
- Circus Roncalli (European Tour)

Latest News:
- Drummer for ‘Circus Roncalli’ European Tour 2010/2011
- Markus played the Drums for Rüdiger Hoffmanns upcoming new DVD “live aus dem Circus Roncalli”
- Interview with Dutch Drum Magazin “Slagwerkkrant” 09/10 2010