The winner of the YOUNG JAZZ TALENT AWARD 2022 . DRUMS ONLY was chosen on 31 March 2022 at the Jazz Schmiede, Düsseldorf.


In autumn 2022 - in the period 20-23.09.2022 - Merlin Hellenkamp and his band will perform in Dortmund, Cologne, Berlin and Düsseldorf. We can look forward to an exciting tour, as Merlin will present himself and his band with new, original compositions.

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At 18, Merlin Hellkamp was the youngest of the four nominated drummers and showed himself to be an exceptional talent among the younger drummers in North Rhine-Westphalia. Among the other excellent candidates, he convinced the jury above all with the performance of his very well-structured solo piece. In addition to his vituose and technically excellent drumming, Merlin impressed the jury with his broad involvement in jazz and pop music, in which he is active as a composer and singer beyond his drumming.

Merlin is in his second semester at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen Werden - Bachelor course "Jazz Performing Artist Drums" with lessons from Prof. Thomas Alkier and Sperie Karas.