Born in Paris - August 24, 1961 - Thierry Arpino stands atop a family drumming lineage which spans four generations. His father, the renowned Andre Arpino, introduced him to the drums at the age of three. Thierry's prodigious gifts flowered through and inspired a mindful process that enabled him to far exceed the “ten thousand hour” rule of mastery.
A musician’s musician, Thierry also studied classical percussion, piano and harmony. He is a graduate of the prestigious St. Maur National Music Academy in France. In the summer 1980, Thierry Arpino continued his musical education at Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, USA where he was invited to study with big band master Herb Pomeroy and master drums teacher Bob Kaufman.
Thierry's career has been punctuated by stints with such notables as Joe Beck, Larry Coryell, Jean- Luc Ponty, Lisa Fisher, to name but a few. His ability to contribute with astounding authentic and ownership in a variety of musical idioms such as jazz, rock, latin jazz, African rhythm, world beat, funk, R&B and pop are why he remains one of the most sought after drummers of his day.
Although much can be said and understood of Thierry Arpino's virtuosity, what remains unquantifiable is the musical liberation and sheer joy he displays in each and every performance.
Thierry is endorsed and plays:
Zildjian cymbals, Yamaha drums, Evans drumheads, RegalTip sticks, Rhythm and Tech percussion, Bass Drum Lift, Gen16, Triangle speakers.
“I love to play Yamaha because any drums sound warm, powerful and without imposing a specific tone. I am myself when I am behind any Yamaha drums set. Yamaha drums have the best look and best paints. Yamaha drums sets are so easy and quick way to set up, the hardware is the best to set up. I love absolutely everything from Yamaha drums set.”
— Thierry Arpino