“One of the most interesting young voices in European jazz”, “a new star in the piano sky” (Concerto, AT), “a pianist surely destined to go far” (Jazz Journal, UK), “daredevil”, “magician of the keys” (Jazz thing): From the beginning of his career Lorenz Kellhuber received rave reviews. He is considered an extraordinary instrumentalist, composer and improviser.
However, the Munich-born and Berlin-based does not like to rest on these laurels. He consistently goes his own way, playing what he feels, not what is expected. “I do not compose anymore,” he is quoted once, and indeed Lorenz Kellhuber has dedicated himself entirely to the improvised play. Whether as a soloist or as a bandleader, from the first note he unfolds a unique soundscape to his audience. The merging of jazz with elements from classical music, blues, gospel and ambient rock make him an entirely contemporary artist. Combined with technical perfection and an impressive artistic maturity, there is no limit to his inventiveness. His concerts are snapshots, unique sound experiences that demand everything from the listener and often put them in a trance.
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”.
He has released a total of six albums, an EP and several individual pieces since 2012, including “The Brooklyn Session” (2015), recorded with New York musicians Orlando Le Fleming on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums, the solo album “Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival” (2017) and the two trio records “Samadhi” (2019) and “About:Blank” (2020) with Felix Henkelhausen on bass and Moritz Baumgärtner on drums.
His countless concerts took him through Europe, to the US and to South America. He played numerous festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival (CH), Jazz Festival Basel (CH), Bohemia Jazz Fest (CZ), Getxo Jazz Festival (ES), Alto Adige Jazz Festival (IT), Mar Del Plata Jazz Festival (AR) and Burghausen Jazz Week. Lorenz worked with musicians such as Bob Mintzer, Lee Ritenour, Charles Lloyd, Eric Harland, T.S. Monk, Ed Partyka and Ack van Rooyen.
Born in Munich in 1990, Lorenz Kellhuber started his classical piano studies at the young age of five. At eight years old, he played his first concert and started to write his own compositions. Aged eleven, he became a Jungstudent at the College of Catholic Church Music & Musical Education in Regensburg. Later on he received lessons by Prof. Franz Massinger, a student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, and was discovered by pianist Rob Bargad (Nat AdderleyQuintet), who introduced him extensively to jazz stylistics.
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. During his frequent New York visits, he also received lessons from Fred Hersch and Sophia Rosoff. In 2010, he was one of the youngest graduates worldwide to complete his Bachelor of Arts degree.