Fredy Studer was born on June 16, 1948, in Lucerne (Switzerland), where he also lives today. He is an autodidact. His music performances since the early seventies have been as eclectic as his freelance activities with musicians, ranging from “A”, as in John Abercrombie, to "Z", as in John Zorn.
For the past forty years, he has performed at festivals, given concerts and workshops, and recorded for radio and television, as well as music for dance productions and radio plays, theatre and film music in Europe, Africa, Japan, Central and South America, the Caribbean, in Taiwan, India, Russia and in Canada and the USA. He has been honoured with numerous prizes and awards.
Current groups and projects include: the hardcore chambermusic trio “Koch-Schütz-Studer” with Hans Koch and Martin Schütz (since 1990); "Phall Fatale" with Joy Frempong, Joana Aderi, John Edwards and Daniel Sailer; the Jimi Hendrix Project with Christy Doran, Erika Stucky and Jamaaladeen Tacuma; a drum trio with Jojo Mayer and Joey Baron; the revived legendary "OM" band with Christy Doran, Urs Leimgruber and Bobby Burri; the "Franco Ambrosetti - Fredy Studer Sextet"; a duo with Pierre Favre; and the percussion trio with Robyn Schulkowsky and Joey Baron. Studer also works as a freelance drummer and performs a limited number of select solo concerts.
Fredy Studer was one of the first drummers to incorporate open improvisation and grooves into his style. The specialist journal “Drums & Percussion” wrote: "... without doubt, Swiss percussionist Fredy Studer is one of the most innovative drummers in Europe..." Fredy Studer‘s works and collaboration has been documented on more than 80 recordings.