Congratulations to Johannes Bigge for this year's Leipzig Jazz Young Talent Award of the Marion-Ermer-Foundation.
Award ceremony and winners concert
The now 23-year-old prize winner began improvising and composing as a teenager. He is currently studying jazz piano with Professor Richard "Richie" Beirach at the Leipzig University of Music and Drama and is well on the way to forming his own sound language.
According to the unanimous verdict of the jury - which this year included Caroline Thon, Michael Wollny and Bert Noglik - Johannes Bigge already possesses astonishing skill as a pianist. His nuanced style of pianistic performance is free of the fashionable, proving to be highly talented, sensitive, original and innovatively oriented. He convinces as a sovereign and imaginative improviser as well as a jazz musician with independent compositional ideas.
Johannes Bigge is the namesake of a trio in which he convinces through interactive music-making with bassist Athina Kontou and drummer Friedemann Pruß.
With the help of the prize money Johannes Bigge would like to realize a CD project with his trio.
The award ceremony will take place for the first time during the 36th Leipziger Jazztage.