Niko Meinhold

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Born in 1975 in Hannover/Germany. Started to play the piano at the age of 7.

Studied piano and composition at University of Music “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin 1997-2003 with teachers like Aki Takase, Steve Grey, Georg Gräwe, Jiggs Wigham, and graduated with outstanding notes. Masterstudent of David Friedman and Dietrich Eichmann (student of Wolfgang Riehm). Graduated Masters of Music (Jazz) at Jazz Institute Berlin 2009.

Wrote compositions and arrangements for solo instruments, ensembles, also for film, TV, and radio, like compositions for Rias Bigband and NDR Bigband as well as for theatre- and cd productions. Won Awards such as the Karl- Hofer- Award, the Berlin Senat Composers Grant, Award for best German University Jazz Band for his band Tritorn, Nordiska Kulturfondet Tourgrant for his Scandinavian band Northern Alliance for a Scandinavia tour accompanied by dancers, Second and Third Price of Jazz, Blues Award Berlin.

Toured and played on Festivals in Japan, the USA, UK, Colombia, Rumania, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, South Korea, Senegal, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and of course Germany with international known Musicians such as Rudi Mahall, Samuel Torres, John Schröder, Pepe Berns, Peter Weniger, Steve Nobel, Mark Sanders, Jan Roder, Taiko Saito, Anton Jimenez, Henrik Wahlsdorff, Michael Griener, Silke Eberhard, Frank Möbus, Christian Weidner, Kalle Kalima, Yelena K, Tico Arnedo, Brian Adler, Michael Rodriges, Ernesto Simpson, Dominic Lash, Ricardo Tejero, Satoko Fukuda, Guillaume Viltard, Robert Reynisson, and many more.

Member of Ber.IO (Berlin Improvisers Orchestra), London Improvisers Orchestra, and C.O.B (Composers Orchestra Berlin)

Current projects: Solopiano Improvisation on composed material of the 20th Century, the Niko Meinhold Ensemble with own compositions, the Niko Meinhold Quartett „Lessing Project“ with Literatur from Doris Lessing, the contemporary dance piece „Episodes“ developed with Frauke Requard for which he composed the music, feat. vocalist Andrew Plummer premiered at „The Place“ in London in June 2010, trio „Kokotob“, several projects with improvisers from the London Scene like „Hanam Quintet“ with Alison Blunt.

Frequent guest professor at the music faculty of Universidad Javeriana de Bogotá/ Colombia, Pianoteacher at Music Faculty of University of Applied Sience Lausitz near Berlin.

CD – selection: Niko Meinhold/Noel Taylor: “Border Patrol” (CD-Baby) Niko Meinhold/ Ulrich Nöthen: “Die Wilden Schwäne” ( Northern Alliance ( Koko ( Tritorn: “Sonne, Mond und Sterne” (NRW-Vertrieb) Silke Eberhard Quartett: “Mohn Marzipan” (

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