You’ve spent your time at Abbey Road Institute working hard and immersing yourself in all of the learning and experiences on offer, what next?
Ambitious and motivated, our alumni are establishing themselves in the next stages of their careers in the music industry and beyond. They’re working as producers and engineers, undertaking internships and much more. The opportunities are broad, from working in studios, for a range of businesses and startups in the music and cultural sectors to setting up their own initiatives and working freelance, juggling lots of exciting and demanding projects.
We’re very proud of our German alumni from Abbey Road Institute Berlin and Frankfurt. Since our first cohort entered the industry in 2017 we’ve been following their journeys and achievements closely. From roles at well-known studios such as Hansa, Recording World and Red Bull to freelance work, live events, post-production and more. Here you can see a range of alumni who are contributing to the future of the music industry and carving their own way with confidence.
Klaus Fischer is the inventor of the Barth AUDIOS, the pitch-transposing sampler from 1978 which can be heard on countless records and movie scores. After his studies at Abbey Road Institute Berlin, Klaus set up his own studio-room at Berlin’s Candy Bomber Studios. However, sound design and songwriting are not all Klaus Fischer is up to these days: “The large interest in my invention AUDIOS made me revisit the project, effectively bringing me back to engineering. The project is growing at an incredibly fast pace. I’m constantly balancing out my roles – sometimes I’m a music producer, sometimes I’m an engineer. However, that’s precisely what makes life so interesting.”
Kian Moghaddamzadeh developed a passion for audio engineering at a very young age. Before even starting his studies at Abbey Road Institute, the 23-year-old already worked as a studio assistant for Gerald Neumann (Assistant of legendary audio engineer Bruce Swedien) in Düsseldorf. After his graduation, Kian swiftly secured a position as an assistant at Studio Wong, working with Daniel Flamm (Udo Lindenberg, Clueso, Helene Fischer, Michael Patrick Kelly) and Andi Bückle (Blue Man Group). Kian also works at the radio station FluxFM, producing trailers and podcasts. In 2019, the young audio wizard spent several months working in Berlin’s legendary Hansa Studios, working with some of the biggest players in the industry. His current project is an even bigger step forward: Kian Moghaddamzadeh is currently mixing the score for a movie that will hit movie theatres in summer 2019.
After her graduation at Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt, Lucy Pape decided to set sail to new shores, namely Fuerteventura: She took an offer as a sound engineer for the tour operating company Robinson Club, offering technical guidance to Dj’s and supervising theatrical performances. Lucy is also a talented musician, playing the soprano recorder and alto flute.
After graduating from Abbey Road Institute, Sebastian Prantauer started working as a sound designer and music team-lead for the Silicon Valley-based AI-music startup Humtap (now also part of the Abbey Road Redd incubator program). Staying true to his home base, Sebastian is also a lecturer & coach at Abbey Road Institute Berlin. When he’s not working with students or machine learning, he’s probably working with drum machines & synthesizers in his studio in Berlin – the beat never stops.
Playing the bass and guitar since his early childhood, Adam Radwan quickly started developing a huge interest in reggae music. The love for the style took him across the world: After his studies at Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt, Adam temporarily moved to Jamaica. He then moved back to Germany for an internship at Red Bull Studios Berlin, where he works as an assistant engineer today, working with Engineer & Nu Jazz legend Christian Prommer.
Dirk André created outstanding projects during his studies at Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt. After his graduation, he started as a Sound Engineer at recording.world-Studios in Heidelberg. Here he is specialized in composing, recording, mixing and beat-making. As we all know, hard work always pays off: he already collaborated with American rapper, songwriter, and producer Black Milk.
Jonas Hain released his first solo album “Solopiano” shortly after graduating from Abbey Road Institute Berlin – and secured a #1 spot on the German iTunes Classical Music Album Charts! Jonas already started the composition process of his album during his studies at the institute, along with developing a very distinct visual signature. Jonas is currently working on his sophomore album, stay tuned!
Matthias Ringleb is a music producer and songwriter who graduated from Abbey Road Institute Berlin in Summer 2018. Under his pseudonym “Slim Pharaoh” he mostly produces trap beats and instrumentals for a variety of different artists.
In 2019 Matthias started working with American rapper “Lil Skies” and produced two hugely successful singles “Magic” and “Having My Way”.“Magic” made it onto the official EA Sports “Madden NFL 20” soundtrack and collected over 50 million streams on Spotify. Currently, Matthias is working together with Lil Skies on his next album.
If you want to find out more about Matthias and his work, we recommend you to check out our “meet our alumni” interview we did with him last year.
David “Davey” Yang is an Austrian producer and composer, who graduated from Abbey Road Institute Frankfurt in 2019. After moving back to his hometown Vienna, David became part of the Austrian Team for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. He was involved in the production, arrangement, and composition for Austria’s entry “Alive” by Vincent Bueno.
The huge passion for music is our engine. We want to share this enthusiasm with our students.
Abbey Road Institute gives you an intensive and hands on education over 12 months. The studios are really well equipped and we had lots of studio time to let out our creativity and develop our skills.
I learned at Abbey Road Institute to give a voice or an instrument a personality. A signature sound is just the charm of a successful music production.
Come with an open mind and a voracious appetite to soak up the magic! Be prepared to work hard - you’ll get out what you put in.
On the first day of the course it was clear that I had found my tribe; we’re like a family, and it’s uncanny how everyone gets on creatively.