Rolf Nitsch was born in Northern Germany near Kiel in 1956. The son of an aviation professional from Ermland (Warmia, Poland, East Prussia). After School he served his apprenticeship in metal working, Then, he met Toomas Paiste, who liked Nitsch's attitude towards craftmanship.
In 1977 Rolf started his training as a Paiste Gong maker, which included not only building gongs, but everything from construction of Gongstands too the packing and shipping. On the close guidance of gong mastermind Toomas Paiste he was part of the creation of new Gongsounds along with Master Gongmakers Rudi Bonness and Siegfried Jusseit (building Gongs since 1947!) he had the best training one could achieve – leaving him as the only surviving member of that creative master quartet. This overall Gong Creating experience lasted more than 20 years.
Then in 2012 he startet to developed and research the Gongs Place in music therapy
In the beginning of 2013 he cooperated with Johannes Heimrath and Sona Gongs. As a result of this cooperation Rolf Nitsch created the Gongland Gong Series. Now crafted by himself in his own workshop and constantly refining them.