Pianist - Composer - Filmcomposer - Arranger - Teacher
German pianist and (film-) composer Christian Pabst is a true storyteller.
While being deeply rooted and connected to the greats of jazz, Christian developed an original,
strong and genre transcending voice as a pianist and composer. Finding inspiration not only in the
arts but also in travelling and everyday life, his radiant music is very visual and inspires your
imagination. “I want to create music that speaks to the heart and the mind alike” says the pianist.
Growing up in a small German village close to the French border, Christian always listened as a
kid to his brother playing their 1980’s home organ. He also wanted to play music and started to
take piano lessons. Later, when he heard the local youth bigband for the first time, he felt
instantly connected to jazz and improvisation. His thirst for knowledge and understanding of
music led him to study jazz piano and film music at the renowned conservatories of Amsterdam,
Paris and Copenhagen. Now, he’s playing concerts all over the world. Christian’s lyricism unfolds
itself beautifully on his acclaimed records. The debut “Days of Infinity” (Challenge Records Int.)
features the excellent trumpet player Gerard Presencer and was hailed by the international press.
Jazzwise, the biggest British jazz magazine gave 4 stars and drew comparisons with EST. The
follow-up “Song of Opposites” extends the trio beautifully with an international top-ensemble of
strings, horns and voice. The unique sound of Christian’s writing for large ensemble reminded the
press of “a small version of the Metropole Orchestra” (Jazzflits) and others thought “Song of
Opposites” was “the most beautiful record of the year“ (Musenblätter). His release “Inner Voice”,
mixed and mastered by ECM sound engineer Jan Erik Kongshaug, is described as a “surrender to
the beauty of music” by All About Jazz USA. In 2021, Christian will release his fourth album as a
Appreciated by his colleagues for his dedication and open-mindedness, Christian lends his strong
musical voice to selected projects, amongst others the Copenhagen based Lubos Soukup Quartet
who recently recorded their new album with the incredible guitarist Lionel Loueke. When he is
not playing the piano, Christian is busy composing film scores and arranging. Many movies that
he scored were awarded with prizes and are being screened all over the world. Recently, the
short movie “Dancin’ the Camera” was nominated for the Dutch Oscar. As an arranger, Christian
worked for a wide range of ensembles, a.o. the WDR Funkhausorchester.