Lorenz Kellhuber Trio
Classical Music is firmly anchored in his DNA, Jazz taught him to stand on his own two feet – and in free improvisation Lorenz Kellhuber repeatedly finds the limitless fulfillment of his musical vision, a Contemporary Chamber Music.
He plays what his deepest innermost dictates to him: finding, inventing, rediscovering. There are no limits, except for his own artistic demands. With his concerts, he creates unique snapshots in time that demand a focussed willingness to listen and reward this listening with the discovery of an incomparable soundscape.
With Felix Henkelhausen (bass) and Moritz Baumgärtner (drums) he found congenial partners for his trio project. The Lorenz Kellhuber Trio celebrates the fusion of three musical souls at the highest level. Sometimes meditative, sometimes explosive, in their joint improvisation they find an immense density and communication that create an almost magical atmosphere.
Born in Munich in 1990, Lorenz Kellhuber started his classical piano studies at the young age of five. At the age of only sixteen, Lorenz passed an exam for the highly gifted and became a student at Berlin Jazz Institute, where Kurt Rosenwinkel, Hubert Nuss, Greg Cohen and John Hollenbeck were among his teachers. In 2010, he was one of the youngest graduates worldwide to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree.
In the Summer of 2014, he became the first German musician to receive first place in the renowned Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition from Monty Alexander. In 2016, Lorenz was nominated for the ECHO Jazz as “Newcomer of the Year”, in 2018 he was among the ten “new key players” of the German music magazine “Jazz thing”. In the winter semester of 2021, Lorenz was appointed professor for practical piano playing at the Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber.
Felix Henkelhausen, born in 1995 in Oldenburg, had received classical piano and cello lessons before his interest in the double bass was awakened. At the age of 16, he began his preliminary studies at the HfK Bremen with Prof. Detlev Beier. In 2014 he studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin with Greg Cohen and Marc Muellbauer. Despite his young age, Henkelhausen has already toured with well-known artists such as Marc Copland, Jochen Rueckert, Philipp Gropper, Pablo Held, Sebastian Gille and many more.
Moritz Baumgaertner, born 1985 in Zurich, began classical drumming at the age of nine in Basel. After having received private lessons in New York City from Clarence Penn and Jochen Rueckert in 2005, he studied at the Jazz Institute Berlin with John Hollenbeck, Jim Black, Jeff Ballard, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Greg Cohen. Between 2010 and 2014 he played with the band Bonaparte. Currently he is part of Melt Trio and Lisbeth Quartet, with which he received the 2012 ECHO Jazz as “Newcomer of the Year”.