His playing defies all categorization, and has earned him a place as a world class musician. He has
already left his mark on contemporary jazz and given it new direction. The musical cosmopolitan
Joachim Kühn sees himself as part of the jazz tradition, connected to European concert music and yet
directly indebted to a contemporary musical language.
He displays vehemence and sensibility, a virtuoso technique and imagination and an unfailing sense of
dynamics. Be it in his interaction with long-time musical partners, in ever new and challenging musical
constellations, or alone in his solo performances, Kühn always manages to make his concerts into a
Even if some of the stations on his path from Leipzig, where Kühn was born in 1944, through his time
in France and America may seem like diversions; his musical career not only displays cohesion, but also
an inner logic that only becomes truly apparent with hindsight.
Kühn, who already enjoyed a first-class classical training and was performing as a concert pianist at an
early age, developed an enthusiasm for jazz under the influence of his older brother, clarinettist Rolf