Jazz Pianist, Arranger & Composer
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Bernd Lhotzky is entirely devoted to classic jazz. His extensive repertoire ranges from ragtime via New Orleans jazz to the swing and be-bop era. He gravitates essentially to “Harlem Stride“, the virtuoso piano style which was primarily created by Harlem’s “Big Three“, the pioneers Thomas “Fats“ Waller, James P. Johnson and Willie “The Lion“ Smith in New York in the 1920‘s and 30‘s. Today Bernd Lhotzky is recognised worldwide to be one of the most competent players in this style
Bernd Lhotzky was born in 1970 at Tegernsee (Bavaria).
At the Music Conservatory of Munich Bernd’s piano teachers were Michael Leslie, Franz Massinger and Gottfried Hefele.
Bernd Lhotzky is the regular pianist of the internationally successful quartet “Echoes Of Swing”. Since its founding in 1998 the line-up with Colin Dawson (tp), Chris Hopkins (as), Bernd Lhotzky (p), Oliver Mewes (d)
has remained constant.
Beside his work as a soloist and with Echoes Of Swing Bernd Lhotzky also enjoys performing in different contexts with his close musical friends and companions, such as Frank Roberscheuten, Menno Daams, Michael Keul, Henning Gailing, Shaunette Hildebrandt, Rolf Marx, Dan Barrett, Rebecca Kilgore, Stan Laferrière, Ingmar Heller, Rossano Sportiello, Louis Mazetier, Engelbert Wrobel, Martin Breinschmid, David Blenkhorn, Malo Mazurié,…
Over the last two decades Bernd Lhotzky has had the privilege to share the stage with Ralph Sutton, Dick Hyman, Randy Sandke, Warren Vaché, Ray Bryant, Harry Allen, Kenny Davern, Duke Heitger, Bucky Pizzarelli, Bill Allred, John Allred, George Masso, Al Casey, Scott Hamilton, Howard Alden, Danny Moss, Tom Baker, Dan Barrett, Bob Barnard, Jerry Jerome, Bob Cranshaw, Mickey Roker,…
CD recordings (excerpt): “Watch out!“ (Solo); “Me, my Old Grand Dad & Mr. Todd“ (Trio); “Lhotzky“ (Solo); “Elmau Stride Projekt“ (duets with Louis Mazetier); “Fats enough“ (with Chris Hopkins and Bob Barnard); “Sophisticated“ (duets with Colin Dawson); “Stridin’ High!“ (Duets with Ralph Sutton); “Harlem Reflections“ (Echoes Of Swing); “Harlem Joys“(Echoes Of Swing); “Stridewalk“ (Solo, Jazz Connaisseur); “You’ve Got To Be Modernistic“(Echoes Of Swing); “The Fusion“(Echoes Of Swing Orchestra); “Stridin’ The Classics“ (duets with Dick Hyman); “Tandem“ (duets with Chris Hopkins); “Piano Portrait“ (Solo, Arbors Jazz); “Three’s A Crowd“ (with Frank Roberscheuten & Shaunette Hildabrandt), “Four Jokers In The Pack“ (Echoes Of Swing), “Message From Mars” (Echoes Of Swing), “Doin’ The Voom Voom” (duets with Duke Heitger, Arbors Jazz), “Partners In Crime” (duets with Chris Hopkins), “Black Butterfly” (Solo), “Blue Pepper” (Echoes Of Swing, ACT Music), “Dancing” (Echoes Of Swing, ACT), “Bix”(Echoes Of Swing plus guests, ACT), “This & That” (duets with Rebecca Kilgore, Arbors Jazz)
In 1998 Bernd Lhotzky was awarded the “Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz” by the Hot Club de France for his Duo-CD with Ralph Sutton “Stridin’ High“ on the Swiss Jazz Connaisseur label.
Together with Dick Hyman, Bernd recorded the CD “Stridin’ The Classics”. This album features jazz arrangements of classical music from Mozart, Tchaikowsky, Rachmaninow, Grieg and others.
Bernd Lhotzky composed the soundtracks for the film productions of “The Liar“, “A Few Moves“ and
Performances, among others, at the Herkules Hall and Prinzregenten Theatre (Munich), the Philharmonic Hall Munich, the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Philharmonic Hall Luxembourg, the state Opera House “Unter den Linden“ (Berlin), Schloss Elmau (Garmisch-Partenkirchen), Salle Cortot (Paris), Kaufmann Concert Hall (New York), Victoria Concert Hall (Geneva), Cuvilliés Theatre (Munich), KKL Lucerne and at international jazz festivals all over Europe, in the United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
Awards: “Grand Prix du Disque de Jazz” for the albums “Stridin High” and “Four Jokers In The Pack”, the “Tassilo”-Award (Süddeutsche Zeitung),“Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik” (German Critics’ Award) for “Message From Mars” (Echoes Of Swing), which was also awarded the “Prix de l’Académie du Jazz” (France).
In 2012 Echoes Of Swing signed a recording contract with ACT Music.
In September 2016 Bernd Lhotzky was invited to be the artistic director of a concert honouring the music of Bix Beiderbecke. This event was part of the series “Jazz at the Berlin Philharmonic”.
"He is a monster!"
Jazz Times, New York
"...beautifully recorded, this is a master class in the art of classical jazz piano by arguably its finest exponent today..."
Limelight Magazine, Sydney
"Bernd Lhotzky, now in his early 30s and perhaps Germany’s greatest ever jazz pianist. The buoyancy, lightness, wit and sheer joie de vivre of much of the playing here is unsurpassed. The feel-good-factor of this hugely enjoyable release is almost off the charts.”
Piano Magazine, London
"Bernd Lhotzky is one of the finest of the younger pianists. Bernd is a delight to play with. We have a natural empathy and a common background. He is a wonderful pianist, and I look forward to the next time we can get together.."