Matthias Buchheim was born in Neustrelitz. From 1984-88 he studied percussion with Hans-Hürgen Lüdecke and Rudi Liebetrau at the Academy of Music „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin. After finishing his exams he was a member of the orchestra of the Kleist Theater in Frankfurt (Oder) from 1988 until 1990. In 1990 he moved over to the Large Radio Orchestra of Berlin and remained there until its disbandment in 1992. Until 1994 he worked as a freelance musician specifically in the area of contemporary music. Since 1994 he has been the solo timpanist of the State Orchestra of Brandenburg again in Frankfurt (Oder). Matthias Buchheim is also a member of the Percussion Project Rostock. He performs together with Friedemann Werzlau - of the Chamber Academy of Potsdam - in the duo „Balance Schlagwerke“. He is also fond of jazz.