Born in a musician family, Kai Strobel received his first percussion lessons at the age of 6 years under Prof. Marta Klimasara. From 2008 to 2011 he was student at the “Musikhochschule Stuttgart“. At the same time, Strobel got Jazz Percussion lessons from Jogi Nestel and played many years as a Jazz Drummer in a Bigband with successful tours in USA, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapur. Meanwhile Kai studies Percussion at the Anton Bruckner private university in Linz with Prof. Bogdan Bacanu and Prof. Leonhard Schmidinger.
He won several 1st prices in the german youth competition „Jugend-Musiziert“, various prizes in Marimba and Percussion Competitions in Germany, Italy, France, Austria and Romania, and he was semifinalist in the prestigious ARD Competition. In October 2015, he won the 1st prize, as well as the public prize in the Percussive Linz Marimba Competition. Since 2011, Kai is scholarship holder of the „Christel-Guthörle-Stiftung Reutlingen“.
As a Soloist, he performed Marimba Concertos with the Lübecker Philharmoniker and the Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen, additionally he had productions with the german Radio Stations NDR, BR and the austrian ORF. He played in modern ballet und acting projects in the theatres of Mannheim and Linz.
In 2014, he was awarded as laureate of the international summer academy of Mozarteum Salzburg and performed in a concert of the Salzburger Festspiele. At the moment Kai is holding an academist position in the Bruckner Orchestra Linz/ Austria.
Kai is endorser for the Dutch instrument manufacturer Adams.