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Lorenz Kellhuber: Solo PianoContemporary chamber music

Pianist Lorenz Kellhuber wears a black sweater and looks into the camera with a serious expression.
Copyright: Holger Riegel

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 fulfilment of his musical vision: a contemporary chamber music.

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 fulfilment 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. 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.

“Hardly anyone can walk the line between jazz and ‘classical piano music’ as spectacularly as the pianist Lorenz Kellhuber. Whether improvising over ostinati in changing registers or alternating between free tonality and a foundation of defined harmony, Lorenz Kellhuber creates an intimate, intense discourse between himself, the piano, the room and his audience,”

writes the Neue Musikzeitung about Kellhuber’s current solo album “Live at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg”.

About Lorenz Kellhuber

Born as a son of two church musicians in 1990, Lorenz Kellhuber started his classical piano studies at the early 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 Adderley Quintet), 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 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 eight 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 albums “Live at the Montreux Jazz Festival“ (2017), “Contemporary Chamber Music” (2021), “Live at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg” (2022) 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.

 

Since completing his studies, Lorenz Kellhuber has been a sought-after lecturer. He regularly gives workshops and master classes at home and abroad. He has already taught at the HfKM Regensburg, the University of Regensburg, the Nuremberg University of Music and University of Music Mannheim. Since 2020 he has been a lecturer at the University of Music in Lübeck. In the winter semester of 2021, Lorenz was appointed professor at the Dresden University of Music Carl Maria von Weber. In 2020, together with friends from his youth, Lorenz Kellhuber founded the Regensburg Chamber Music Festival, which he still directs and curates.