Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Band: Planet X, On The Virg, Taste
Genres: Jazz, Fusion, Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Instructor


Virgil Donati, born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, sat behind his first drum kit when he was just two years old. By the time he was fifteen, Virgil Donati and his rock band, Taste, signed a major record deal, released three albums, and had already been on tour.

Virgil Donati traveled to the United States when he was nineteen to study drumming, arrangement, and composition. After two years, Virgil Donati returned to Australia and played jazz, rock, and pop on stage and in studio. Virgil Donati worked with visiting artists George Cables, Mark Murphy, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, and Melissa Etheridge. During this time, Virgil Donati regularly performed with the progressive bands Loose Change and On The Virg.

In the 1990s, Virgil Donati played with Southern Sons. The band’s debut album achieved double platinum sales. In 1996, Virgil returned to the U.S. hoping to improve his international exposure. Since then Virgil has performed with artists like Planet X, Steve Vai, CAB, Scott Henderson, Steve Walsh, Tribal Tech, Frank Gambale, Derek Sherinian, Mark Boals, Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, and Joss Stone.

Among drummers, Virgil Donati is recognized for his speed, innovation, complexity, and creativity.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1991 Best of Today The Seekers
1999 Six Pack: Multi-Artist Radio Sampler Various Artists
2000 Glossolalia Steve Walsh
2000 Undefined Joel Hoekstra
2000 Universe Planet X
2001 Hold on to Your Dream Judith Durham
2001 Oracle Ring of Fire
2001 Ring of Fire Mark Boals
2001 Uncle Moe's Space Ranch Brett Garsed/T.J. Helmerich/Gary Willis/
2002 Edge of the World Mark Boals
2002 Live From Oz Planet X
2002 MoonBabies Planet X
2003 Defiance Project Steiger
2003 Dreamtower Ring of Fire
2003 Music Machine Erik Norlander
2003 Ring of Fire Ring of Fire
2004 Alfie Original Soundtrack
2004 Burning Live in Tokyo 2002 Ring of Fire
2005 Drum Nation, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2005 Shove the Sun Aside Dave Weiner
2006 2 Vertigo
2006 Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute Various Artists
2007 Made in Australia Gambale/Donati/Fierabracci
2007 Moe's Town Uncle Moe's Space Ranch
2007 Quantum Planet X
2009 Theatre de Marionettes Cab
2009 Molecular Heinosity Derek Sherinian
2009 Bach on Steroids Maestro Alex Gregory
2010 Seven the Hardway Seven the Hardway
2013 In This Life Virgil Donati
2013 Atomic Ark Lalu


  • Modern Drummer readers voted Virgil clinician of the year in 2004.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pearl
Cymbals: Sabian
Hardware: Pearl
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Vater

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