Born in 1970, Baschnagel has been taking drums lessons since age ten. He studied at the Musicians Institute (PIT) in California, graduated with the special award «Vocational», and was nominated for Jazz playing student of the year in 1994. Further studies in Cuba with Enrique Pla (Irakere), in Rio with Pascoal Meirelles (Tom Jobim), in NY with Kendrick Scott, master class with Lewis Nash.

1999: 3rd place national drummer in the Jazz’n’more readers‘ poll
2001: Diploma SMPV.
2004: Cultural promotional award of the city of Illnau-Effretikon.
2021: Work scholarship Covid-19 of the city of Zurich.

Performances and recording sessions with Benny Golson, Joshua Redman, David Liebman, Barbara Dennerlein, Chico Freeman, Rhoda Scott, Daniel Powter, Till Brönner, Robben Ford, NDR Bigband, George Gruntz, Franco Ambrosetti, Benny Bailey, Swiss Army Big Band, Pepe Lienhard Band, Jimmy Woode (D.Ellington) Pat Bianchi, Armen Donelian, Krüger Brothers, Zürich Jazz-Orchestra, Swiss Jazz Orchestra, Herbie Kopf, Bucky Pizzarelli, Picason, Othella Dallas, Rick Margitza, Christoph Grab, Nicole Johänntgen and more

Individual projects: Baschnagel Group, Pius Baschnagel’s Latinchoice, Pius Baschnagel Quintet, Müller Kramis Baschnagel, Baschnagel Ruppik Duo.

Festivals in Switzerland: Drumfestival Switzerland, Art on Ice, Caliente, Jazz no Jazz, Jazzfestival Willisau, Jazzfestival Schaffhausen, Festival Da Jazz St. Moritz, Jazz Ascona, Estival da Jazz Lugano and more
International tours: Lithuania, Greece, Oman, Israel, Germany, China, Hong Kong, Holland, Romania, Ukraine and more

Lecturer for rhythmics and drums at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK.

Pius Baschnagel YouTube Channel

Baschnagel Group Jazz Trailer

Baschnagel Group Live@Moods

Drum Festival Switzerland 2017