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Nikolaj Hess, piano

Danish pianist Nikolaj Hess (b1967, DK) was chosen as the best European jazz-piano player under 25 for a competition in Rome (1990), won first prize in the ‘Berlingske Tidendes competition for Rhythmic music’ (1987) and was a finalist in the European Young Artist competition in Leverkusen in 1988.

Having graduated from the Rhythmic Conservatory at 22, he was the first to get a top grade for his concert performance in piano. He has numerous recordings as a leader, co-leader and sideman, has composed and arranged for solo piano, small groups, large string ensemble, big band choirs and saxophone quartet. He has also written music for Danish films and Radio.He has been awarded many grants from the Danish government as well as from private foundations, which have twice included the Bikuben Foundation Artist-in-residence in New York.

While living in Africa, Nikolaj studied African rhythms and Composition principles in Ghana, Nigeria, Benin and South Africa. He divides his time between New York City and Copenhagen. In Denmark he is affiliated with the Rhythmic Conservatory of Copenhagen where he holds a position as an associate professor. Nikolaj Hess is sponsored by Bach Pianos Scandinavia.







Some of the Musicians that Nikolaj Hess played with:

Christian McBride, Marylin Mazur (former Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter drummer/ percussionist), Marc Mommaas, Jochen Rueckert, Donny McCaslin, Jesper Lundgaard, Mads Vinding, Alex Riel, Lars Danielsson, Hans Ulrik and Chris Minh Doky, Lee Konitz, Benny Golson, Fela Kuti and Femi Kuti, Robert Wilson, Hal Willner, Ulla Henningsen, Jamey Haddad, Dave Liebman, Ed Neumeister, James Genus, Hal Crook, Harwie Swartz, Andrea Marcelli, Michael Blair, Kysia Bostic, Ed Howard, Youron Israels, Etta Cameron, Dennis Charles, John Hebert, Cecilie Norby, Debbie Cameron, Lars Hug, Bob Rockwell, Severy Pyssalo, Lotte Anker, Copenhagen Art Ensembl.







Recordings Nikolaj Hess participated on:


Hess / Skou Quartet: Coral [Exlibris 2006]
Sissel Vera Pettersen / Nikolaj Hess: By This River [Music For Dreams 2006]
Marc Mommaas featuring Nikolaj Hess: Balance [Sunnyside 2006]
Global Motion: Global Motion [Sunnyside 2003]
Nikolaj Hess Trio: Playin’ [Music Mecca 2001]
Hess, McBride, Lund, Waidtløew [Music Mecca 2001]
Global Motion: Mommaas [Calibre 2000]
Hess/ Skou Quartet [Storyville Records 1996]
Blue in Green Songs [Olufsen Records 1993]
Ulrik/Hess Quartet [Olufsen Records 1990]
Changes, Danish Jazz [Sundance Records 1993]

Hess Is More: Rosenkrantz & Gyldenstjerne Er Døde [Music For Dreams]
Hess Is More: Captain Europe [Music For Dreams]
Jens Søndergård: A Bad Case Of Jazz [Music Mecca]
Helle Henning: Måske er det aldrig for sent [Calibrated/Cope]
Hess/Huntley: Workin’ [NYCOJA]
Listen Up: Listen Up [BoinkBox]
Lone Selmer Quartet: When first we met [Music Mecca]
Scandinavian Jazz Quartet: A Night in Bilbao [Music Mecca]
Scandinavian Jazz Quartet: Silent Knowledge [Music Mecca]
Vandspejlet: Made by you [Montana]
Lullabies for a small world [Ellipsis Arts]
Etta Cameron: A Gospel Concert with Etta Cameron vol 2 [Sony]
Etta Cameron: A Gospel Concert with Etta Cameron vol 1 [Sony]
Etta Cameron: My Christmas [Sony]
Jørgen Zacho Quartet: Blues Naive [Music Mecca]
Renato Emmanuele Quintet [Olufsen Records]
Jasmin/ Aphrodesia: Lavandou [Sundance]
Benny Andersen: Til Benny fra pigerne [Exlibris Musik]
Bubber: Bubbers bog (incl. CD) [Politiken]
Ulla Henningsen: The man I love [Sony]
Ulla Henningsen: Overgivelse [Music Mecca]
Filur: Exciting Comfort [Mega Records]
Vi lover hinanden [Sony]
En julehilsen [Sony]
Noget særligt [Dans Jazzforbund]
7th European Competition [Response Records]
Hifi best of.. [dhf]
Bo Gunge project [Gunge Prod.]
Ellipsis Arts Papas Lullaby [Ellipsis Arts]
Kurt Larsen: Quartet Nuages [Music Mecca]
Kurt Larsen: Quartet 51 [Music Mecca]
All that Jazz from Denmark 92 [Sundance]