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Liverpool-born Finlay Panter experienced a rich musical upbringing, studying the violin from the age of three and singing as a member of the Liverpool Cathedral Choristers from five. Finlay discovered his passion for drums at the age of seven, and went on to study drums and percussion at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. During his time there he was tutored by and played with the likes of Chris Potter, Dave Weckl, John Patitucci, Bob Mintzer, Dennis Rollins, and studying full time with Dave Hassell and Ian Wright. In 2005 he was the recipient of the Sabian Cymbal Award. 

After graduating from the RNCM with honours, Finlay quickly found himself in demand as a drum kit player in Manchester’s up-and-coming jazz scene. After being lucky enough to work with many of Manchester’s finest musicians, he decided to try out his luck in Berlin. Finlay has lived in Berlin since 2009 and works with an eclectic variety of musicians and projects that take him across Europe. 

Finlay keeps close contact with his musician friends in England, travelling to and from Berlin regularly in order to tour and record new material. He is also a founding member of one of the UK’s most talked about big bands, Beats and Pieces, with whom he won the European Young Artists’ Jazz Award in the Burghausen International Jazz Festival. 

Presently he sees himself embarking on a wide ranging journey, exploring all styles of music. Finlay enjoys immersing himself in the creative aspects of music and is always looking for something new to incorporate into his playing.


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