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Gasper Bertoncelj was born in 1978 in Kranj, Slovenia. His musical path began with the trumpet and continued at the age of thirteen when his mother bought him his first drum set. Gasper proceeded to join the City’s Marching Orchestra and his first jazz band. While in high school, Gasper regularly took private lessons from the best drummers and percussionists in Slovenia and started to familiarize himself with the Slovenian music scene.

After high school Gasper decided to pursue a professional career in music. He moved to Linz, Austria and studied music and drums at the Bruckner Konservatorium. There Gasper had the opportunity to study with world-renowned musicians such as Doug Hammond, Allan Praskin, Jeff Beaudreaux, Harry Sokal, and Peter Tuscher. In June 2002 Gasper received a bachelor’s degree in jazz performance with honors.

In the fall of 2002 Gasper moved to New York City and began to study at The City College of The City University of New York with scholarships from the Slovenian government–Ministry of Culture and Ministry for School and Sports. There he studied with professors such as John Patitucci, Victor Lewis, Billy Drummond, Andy Watson, Scott Reves, and Fred Hersch. On June 3, 2005, Gasper received his Master of Arts degree from City College.

While in New York City Gasper performed with a variety of musicians and bands including Reggie Workman, Sheila Jordan, Lew Tabackin, Boris Kozlov, Vincent Herring, Jeremy Pelt, Grant Stewart, Jonathan Kreisberg, William Ash, Miles Griffith, Marco Panascia, Alex Harding, Walt Szymanski, Yosvany Terry, Tom Rhodes, Jimmy “Preacher” Robins, John Oszajca, Rick Royale, Doug Siegel, Liz Clark, Yoke, Inventing Eve, Peter Silver’s Big Band, 7 & Counting, Whisky Rebellion, and The New York Connection Band.

Gasper has also played throughout Europe with jazz artists, including Peter Mihelich, Renato Chicco, Bosko Petrovic, Robert Anchipolovsky, Kristjan Randalu, Tony Pancella, Jure Pukl, Igor Lumpert, Igor Bezget, Greentown Jazz Band, Stjepko Gut, Alan Praskin, Lenart Krecic, Blaz Trcek, Nikola Matosic, Robert Jukic, Tal Ronen.

In order to widen his musical knowledge, and to expand his global appeal, Gasper decided to leave New York in 2010. He is now based out of Israel, although he continues to perform in Slovenia, throughout Europe, and in New York.

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