Ernst Bier studied drums with Billy Brooks, Charlie Persip, Vernell Fournier, and Elvin Jones. He lived and worked in New York City from 1982 through 1987. After his return to Germany he lived first in Cologne, and later in Berlin, where he leads a continually running series of jazz workshops. The list of musicians with whom he has worked reads like a Who's Who of jazz. With his dedication, his sensitive playing style, and his constructive approach, he is a highly valued drummer who is continually in demand.
The way I see it musicians are a lot like doctors - people come to a concert to be treated by the music.
Ernst Bier - Press Reviews
Ernst Bier was the other star of this evening. He handled the drums with cool, casual mastery.
Dresdener Neuste Nachrichten
Jazz drummer Ernst Bier, an interesting and melodic drummer
Godehard Lutz / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier is a masterful drummer with an appreciation of the diverse applications of his instrument as a means of expressing a range of voices; his solos exhibit a commanding understanding of the instrument.
Gerhard Hopfe / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier used every possible means to entice a variety of tones out of his drum set.
Katri Zill / Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Ernst Bier plays the rhythms, feels them, embodies them, while keeping in contact with the others, observing, listening, and feeling.
The best word to describe Ernst Bier's drumming is to use that adjective so beloved by the English-speaking jazz critics: crisp.
Peter Niklas Wilson / Jazzpodium
Ernst Bier is one of the few drummers who radiates joy when he plays