Arthur Hnatek was born on the 10th of July 1990 in Geneva, Switzerland. Surrounded by his parents who owns a music shop, Arthur was confronted quickly to this art. After trying a lot of instruments, Arthur began playing drums at age 8. In 2005, he graduates from the local jazz school studying with Raul Esmerode during 7 years, obtaining the diploma of best student of the state city consul. Since then, Arthur began playing heavily around his home town as well as studying in the professional jazz school at the same time as high school. His playing brought him to play in severals big bands but also in small jazz ensembles throughout the country. After finishing High School, he moved to New York where he lives today, studying in the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with such as Reggie Workman, Ian Froman, Mark Giulianna, Rachel Z, Amir Ziv and more.
He’s travelled a bit thanks to his music; playing in France, Spain, Denmark, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Germany and the United States. His music brought him to meetings among a lot of great drummers such as Jojo Mayer, Dan Weiss, Dave Weckl, John JR. Robinson, Rick Marotta, Tom Brechtlein, Ian Froman, Ignacio Berroa, Marko Djordevic, Wolfgang Haffner and people like Bob Quaranta, Sheryl Bailey, Moncef Genoud, George Robert, Ohad Talmor.
One of the highlights of Arthur’s career was him getting chosen to form, with 7 others international musicians, the JM Jazz World. Theses 8 musicians coming from all around the world (aged under 25) were invited to perform as soloist with the big band “HGM Jazz Orkestar” in Zagreb, Croatia. Performing in Croatia and in Wienna, Austria, the big band played live on the major Croatian radio and in famous clubs.
Arthur met incredible young musician and made friends all around the world. He was also invited by YAMAHA Drums to perform at the Groove All-Stars in Frankfurt, Germany where he played with Neil Stubenhaus, David Spinozza, Ross Bolton and the whole All-Star band.
• 2006 best swiss drummer all category (age 6 to 25) at Altishofen, LUZERN. Arthur won first place in front of 170 drummers. This prize made people interested in Arthur and a lot of newspapers, a local radio station talked about him and the championship.
• Arthur won a contest in the “Batteur Magazine” (Drummer magazine) for the best song recording.
• 2007 : best swiss drummer at Atishofen, where he won a scholarship to spend 10 weeks in the "Drummer's Collective", in New York
Arthur Hnatek endorses Yamaha Drums, Meinl Cymbals and Vic Firth Sticks.