Lorenz Kellhuber

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.

With this Contemporary Chamber Music, Kellhuber has created a space of possibilities in which his entire musical cosmos can evolve and condense into an individual language: free improvisations in an intensity and focus peculiar to Chamber Music, which take up the aesthetics of Classical Music as well as influences from Jazz and New Music.

After his solo album of the same name (2021), “Live at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg” will be released in October 2022, another work that illuminates all angles of Kellhuber’s pianistic and creative skills. Pianist and improviser Lorenz Kellhuber plays with his own musical history, intuitively seeking out different stages of his musical development, ranging from baroque to modern piano literature. He has long since outgrown the jazz clubs and is drawn to the world’s concert halls.

Whether as a soloist or in a trio, Kellhuber consistently goes his own way with his 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.

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.

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 seven 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 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.

Since completing his studies, Lorenz Kellhuber has been a sought-after lecturer for improvisation, practical piano playing and jazz piano as well as ensemble playing. He regularly gives workshops and master classes at home and abroad. He has already taught at the HfKM Regensburg, the University of Regensburg and the Nuremberg University of Music. Since 2020 he has been a lecturer at the Musikhochschule in Lubeck. In the winter semester of 2021, Lorenz was appointed professor for practical piano playing at the Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber.

“Keith Jarrett should be proud of comparisons to him.”
(Jazzthetik, 1/2-2023)

Hardly anyone is likely to walk between jazz and ‘classical piano music’ in such a spectacularly oscillating way as the pianist Lorenz Kellhuber.”
(NMZ, Oct 2022)

“Contemporary Chamber Music is a great moment for contemporary improvisational art.”
(Jazzthetik 11/12-2021)

“Under Lorenz’s fingers, worlds unfold somewhere between jazz, classical music and minimal music, that sometimes sounds spherically dreamy, sometimes crystal clear, sometimes sharp and beguiling.”
(BR Klassik)

Upcoming Shows

06.05.23 | United Islands Festival, Prag, CZ

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