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Nikolaj Hess

Danish piano/ keyboard player, composer, producer, arranger and educator.

NH won the gold prize in “Berlingske Tidendes” competition of non-classical music in Copenhagen; won the category best European jazz piano player under 25 in the RAI competition in Rome and was a finalist in Leverkusener Jazztages “European Young Artist” competition in Germany.

Having graduated from Rhythmic Conservatory at 22, he was the first to get topgrade 13 for his concert performance in piano, his major subject. He later studied in the US with Richie Beirach, Danilo Perez and Gary Dial. He also studied in West Africa with master drummer Odartey and at Legon University in Accra, Ghana.

His numerous recordings as a leader, co-leader and sideman includes Nikolaj Hess Global Motion + (w Mommaas, Hebert, Moreno, Ballard, Monder) nominated as album of the year at DMA 2010, Spacelab The Champ (w AC and Mikkel Hess) and also the Nikolaj Hess Trio “Playin” (Music Mecca), Hess/Lund/Waidtløew/McBride “Back & Forth”, Global Motion (Sunnyside Records), Ulla Henningsen “The Man I Love” (Sony), “Global Motion Trio” (Calibre), Hessismore, “Coral” with Gregory Hutchinson, Chris Cheek & Jens Skou, “A Word” with Sissel Vera Pettersen nominated as best jazz vocal album DMA 2010, research&development project “Spoiled Child”, Hessismore “Live At Wood Wood”.

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””Providing the perfect come-down after the pyrotechnics of the opera house, the late-night solo piano recital by Danish pianist Nikolaj Hess in Christians Kirke careened between heart-melting delicacy and almost Chopinesque virtuosity. Hess is clearly equipped to face the most gargantuan technical demands, but it was the incredible fecundity of his imagination that impressed the most, whether in his inventive reimagining of “You Are my Sunshine” or the extended reverie of “Smile”. As midnight struck I'm sure I heard a cannon being fired some way off in the distance, but this could have been entirely due to my hypnagogic state.”” - Peter Quinn, The Art Desk

”MARC MOMMAAS and NIKOLAJ HESS - Balance @ the Kitano live May 6th,2010.Dutch tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas and Danish pianist Nikolaj Hess have a rich history as bandmates in Global Motion and other units, but their duo work is a story unto itself, borne out by the 2005 Sunnyside disc Balance

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