Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lars was introduced to the saxophone at the age of
10. After performing a duo TV show with famed Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Dietrich
decided to pursue a career in music. At the age of fifteen he got accepted to study
saxophone at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2005 after completing his Masters in
Music degree in Amsterdam Lars received a full scholarship from Manhattan School of
Music, Dietrich moved to New York and studied under Dick Oatts and David Liebman.
As a leader Dietrich released his well reviewed 2009 debut album 'Breek de Grond' and
his 2011 Solo album 'Stand Alone'. Dietrich also co leads the band 'The Story', a
collaborative group including Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone),John Escreet (Piano),
Zack Lober (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums).
Venues and festivals Dietrich performed at as a leader and with The Story include.
'The North Sea Jazz Festival, 'Town Hall', ‘Iridium’, ‘Jazz Gallery’, 'Bimhuis', '55Bar',
'Smalls', Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola' and 'Carnegie Hall' As well as tours throughout
Canada, Europe and the United States and live radio broadcasts for CBC, VPRO. With
‘The Story’ Lars gave clinics at Queens College, University of New Orleans, McGill
University, Humber College, York College, Layola University.
Next to his own band Lars also performed with Herbie Hancock, Dan Weiss, Jason
Marsalis, Billy Hart, Ravi Coltrane, Ben Monder, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, David
Binney, Donny Mccasslin.
For his achievements Lars Dietrich received the ‘Julian van Dijk’ award (granted only
to the best student throughout The Netherlands), the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’
Scholarship and the ‘FAPK’ Scholarship. May 2007 Lars won the ‘Downbeat College