studied secondary school music, instrumental pedagogy, jazz vibraphone and completed his concert exam at the Cologne University of Music with Prof. Tom van der Geld.
He has already had considerable success in his musical career. He played for a long time in the Bundesjazzorchester (BuJazzO) under Peter Herbolzheimer and in the Landesjugendjazzorchester NRW, worked with musicians and artists such as DJ Bobo, Bill Ramsey, Paul Kuhn, Bobby McFerrin, Jonas Kaufmann, Emil Mangelsdorff, Beverly Daley, Greetje Kauffeld, Siggi Gerhard, Marita Breuer, Engelbert Wrobel, Jeff Berlin, Max Greger jr. and Patrice, recorded film and television music ("Die Wilden Hühner", "Romy", "Dschungelkind"), worked as a teacher and juror at "Jugend Jazzt", was a scholarship holder of the "Kulturstiftung Rhein-Neckar-Kreis", produced various CDs under his own name, is a private lecturer and teacher for vibraphone at the Musikhochschule Köln and is founder and leader of various own bands, projects and formations (a. o. Matthias Strucken Swing). Matthias Strucken Swingtett, Milt Jackson Project, Con Mucho Gusto, jazz3, Artfusion, Behr-Strucken-Duo, soulbrothers etc.). In addition to nationwide engagements, he has performed in Mexico, South Korea, Singapore, Belarus, Greece, Spain, Italy, Hungary, France, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland. He currently lives as a freelance jazz musician in Cologne.