Volker Mauruschat grew up in Lütjenburg in Schleswig-Holstein ( North of Germany ) and started to play percussion when he was six with Thomas Görne ( Kreismusikschule Plön ). He studied percussion at the Studienseminar Kiel with Paulgerfried Zulauf and, thereafter, at the Universities of the Arts in Bremen, Berlin, Amsterdam and Utrecht, where he received his diploma as a Master of Music in 2007. His teachers include Marinus Komst, Jan Pustjens, Nick Woud, Gustavo Gimeno ( Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra percussion section ) , Prof. Peter Prommel, Victor Oskam, Prof. Thomas Lutz, Prof. David Punto and Hans-Jochen Ulrich . He has also taken part in numerous masterclasses of marimba soloists such as Keiko Abe, Nancy Zeltsman, Evelyn Glennie, Ney Rosauro and L.H. Stevens, and he won a number of prizes in competitions. He has played timpani and percussion in the Bremen Philharmonic, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Schleswig-Holstein Symphony Orchestra, the Preußisches Kammerorchester Prenzlau, the Orchestra Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Young German Philharmonic, the Philharmonic of the Nations and the World Orchestra of the United Nations. He was one of the founders of the Ensemble Mosaik, the Casanova Society Orchestra and the VONA-Schlagwerk-Connection.