Stefan Schultze

composition & piano

Bio

Composer and pianist Stefan Schultze is one of the most multifaceted and original musicians to come out of the German jazz scene. A Berliner by choice, Schultze studied piano and composition in Cologne and in New York. He occupies the interface between new music, improvisation, avant garde and jazz with which he has most definitely created his own style. His artistic projects cover a spectrum of compositions for small and large ensembles, from leading larger ensemble formations, to initiating and producing cultural-political music projects on national and international stages.

Stefan Schultze has founded and led a number of award-winning ensembles and worked with many important musicians and orchestras such as Tom Rainey, Herb Robertson, the Metropole Orchestra and the WDR-big band. In 2015, Deutschlandfunk produced his album with the Chinese avant garde artist Wu Wei, which became the eleventh CD made under Schultze’s name. With long-term cooperation partners such as the Goethe Institute and the German Foreign Office, he has completed concert tours and residencies worldwide. Besides his great passion for collective sounds, Schultze has been giving increasing focus to a number of solo projects, such as “The Pulsepusher Suite” for prepared piano.

Stefan Schultze currently teaches jazz arrangement, jazz composition and jazz theory at the University of Music Franz Liszt in Weimar as well as leading various University orchestras, master classes and workshops throughout the region.

AWARDS / HONORS
2016 Berliner Senatsstipendium Projektförderung Ehwald Schultze Rainey
2015 Berliner Senatsstipendium Tourförderung Simon Rose Stefan Schultze Duo
2014 Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence Shanghai
2012 Berliner Senatsstipendium Projektförderung Berlin Art Orchestra Invites...
2012 Goethe-Institut Artist in Residence Südosteuropa
2010 1. Preis WDR Jazzpreis, Kategorie Komposition
2009 1. Preis Internationaler Kompositionswettbewerb „Artez Jazz Composition Contest
2008 Mitglied des BMI Jazz Composers Workshop
2008 1. Preis Niedersächsischer Jazzpreis
2007 Ehrenpreis der ASCAP Foundation „Young Jazz Composers Award“
2007 DAAD-Stipendium
2006 Stipendium Jazz Komposition, Manhattan School of Music in NY City   
2006 Kölner Gymnasial- und Stiftungsfonds Stipendium
2006 1. Preis Granada "Best international Jazz Band” Preis
2005 1. Preis Granada "Best Young Jazz Band Award"
2005 1. Preis Jazz an der Donau „New Generation“
2004 Winning Jazz NDS
2003 1. Preis Internationaler Jazzpreis Biberach
2003 Winning Jazz NDS

WORKED WITH ENESEMBLES
WDR Bigband, Metropole Orchestra, Berlin Art Orchestra, Luzern Jazz Orchestra, Fette Hupe, Spielvereinigung Süd, Landesjugendjazzorchester NDS, Landesjugendjazzorchester Berlin, Landesjugendjazzorchester Hamburg, Millenium Orchestra Enschede

WORKED WITH ARTISTS
Benjamin Weidekamp, Christian Lillinger, Christoph Hillmann, Claudio Puntin, Claudius Valk, Cole Ingraham, Daniel Schröteler, Devin Grey, Etienne Nillesen, Falk Grieffenhagen, Florian Ross, Frank Gratkowski, Frank Möbus, Gebhard Ullmann, Heiner Wiberny, Herb Robertson, Hinrich Franck, Ignaz Schick, Jenny Q Chai, Joachim Ullrich, Johannes Lauer, John Schröder, Jürgen Friedrich, Kalle Kalima, Linda Oh, Ludger Hennig, Marc Muellbauer, Martin Lubenov, Mateusz Smoczynski, Matthias Muche, Matthias Schubert, Michael Schiefel, Niels Klein, Nils Wogram, Norbert Scholly, Paulo Alvares, Peter Ehwald, Petter Eldh, Robert Landfermann, Simon Rose, Simon Rummel, Tilman Ehrhorn, Tom Arthurs, Tom Rainey, Uli Kempendorff, Werner Neumann, Willi Hanne, Wu Wei.

CONCERTS
Finnland, Schweiz, Österreich, Italien, Polen, England, China, Hongkong, Holland, Spanien, Frankreich, Peru, Costa Rica, USA, Griechenland, Mazedonien, Bulgarien, Serbien, Kroatien, Mazedonien, Belgien, Luxemburg

FESTIVALS
Montreux Jazz Festival (Schweiz), Festival Internacional Jazz Perú (Lima, Peru), Venice Jazz, Trieste Jazz Festival, Belgrade Jazz Festival, Sofia Jazz Festival, Skopje Jazz Festival, Costa Rica International Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall (New York, USA), Luxembourg Blues n’ Jazz Rallye

EDUCATION
2005 Diploma in Jazz Piano Music Education, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln
2006 Diploma in Jazz Piano, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln
2006 Diploma in Jazz Composition / Jazz Arrangement, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln
2008 Master of Music in Jazz Composition, Manhattan School of Music, New York
2008 BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop, New York
Teacher:
John Taylor, Michael Abene, Jim McNeely, Reiko Fueting, Joachim Ullrich, Paulo Alvares

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