Michael Wollny

piano | Germany
Management Artist

Michael Wollny is an internationally successful jazz pianist, music inventor, unconventional thinker, popular figure. Nobody plays piano like him. His trademark: the unpredictable, the quest for the never-before-heard, the courage to devote himself to the moment, to make the unforeseen sound self-evident. His desire to keep reinventing himself, both in terms of sound and composition; that is what makes him a “consummate piano maestro” (FAZ) and “the biggest (jazz) musician personality that Germany has produced since Albert Mangelsdorff” (Hamburger Abendblatt). Wollny feels at home in many different formats: solo, in duo with musicians like Heinz Sauer, Vincent Peirani, Tamar Halperin or Konstantin Gropper, with the Michael Wollny Trio, the quartet „Out Of Land“ and many other collaborations with musicians from all kinds of musical directions such as Nils Landgren, Emile Parisien, the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, Marius Neset, Leafcutter John or Joachim Kühn.


German pianist Michael Wollny, once again, shows a yet unheard side of his musical personality, performing almost entirely on electric keyboards and extending their range with real time effects which seem like a turbo for his complex harmonic and melodic thinking, that draws inspiration from classical and contemporary classical, pop, indie, film music and jazz. This wide-spread musical background is probably the biggest reason, why Wollny clicks so perfectly with US-American electric bassist Tim Lefebve. As a collaborator with such diverse artists like David Bowie, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mark Giuliana, Knower and countless others he is the musical glue between the musicians of the quartet, giving the free-flying ideas of his collaborators the rhythmic grounding - through his signature sound and harmony and unparalleled musical authority. French soprano saxophone great Emile Parisien, one of the most in-demand European jazz musicians and a true innovator of his instrument and German drummer Christian Lillinger, certainly one of the most forward-thinking drummers of today infuse the quartet with unrestrained, nervous, heated energy. With them, anything can happen at any given moment - monster grooves, cascades of single-notes, dense clusters, and just unbound expressiveness.
It is these contrasts, this excitement, the pure joy of playing and improvising, the hunger for surprise and the magic of the moment, that is not only obvious in every note but is also transfused to the audience, making this band such a deep, unique, emotionally, and intellectually challenging experience that one will not forget. „A stellar trans-Atlantic quartet. “ JAZZIZ (US)

Tim Lefebvre (bass), Christian Lillinger (drums), Emile Parisien (soprano saxophon), Michael Wollny (piano)

It scarcely feels necessary to mention the pre-eminent status of all four of these artists, because that is evident from hearing the music. When Nils Landgren brings such feeling to his own melody “Le chat sur le toit”, or when Michael Wollny dazzles with the blues-infused piano solo in “Lady Madonna”; when “Polygon” opens with a bass intro from Lars Danielsson, or when Wolfgang Haffner sets up the power groove to propel “4WD”, then it’s clear what’s happening: four leading figures in European jazz who know each other well and who have appreciated each other’s work for many years have now got together. True, their paths have crossed many times before, and in all kinds of configurations. The formidable duo of Landgren and Wollny comes to mind, for example, as does Haffner’s long-term role as an anchor in the Funk Unit, or Danielsson's vivid bass presence in Haffner's trio…but here for the very first time are the four friends as a quartet. They decided to record an album together at the Nilento Studio in Gothenburg: “4 Wheel Drive”.

Lars Danielsson (bass, cello), Wolfgang Haffner (drums), Nils Landgren (trombone & voice), Michael Wollny (piano)

Within the broad range of Michael Wollny’s musical formats, from duo to trio to orchestral projects, solo piano concerts and recordings have so far been a real rarity. The main reason for this is probably Michael Wollny’s curiosity for new musical partners. And his pleasure in the collective search for the magic of the moment. However, Wollny has long had the desire to devote himself more intensively to the solo format and now, after many collaborations with artists such as Nils Landgren, Emile Parisien or Vincent Peirani, as artist in residence and soloist with the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, and several special projects with literature, drama and for the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, it seems that the time for an introspective has come. The musical basis for Wollnys solo concerts and his 2020 solo album “Mondenkind” connects a wide range of epochs and genres. Just like with his trio concept albums “Nachtfahrten” and “Weltentraum”, the repertoire ranges from early music, classical and jazz to contemporary music Wollny’s own compositions, and Wollny proves once more that he can “turn every imaginable music into an experience that takes your breath away.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

Michael Wollny (piano)

Since the debut album "call it [em]", the piano trio has been a constant format in Michael Wollny's musical universe. From beginning to present Wollny's Trio-Partner-in-Crime: Drummer Eric Schaefer, with whom he has spent almost two decades of playing, improvising and composing. The big breakthrough for the trio came in 2014 with the release of the album "Weltentraum". A real "game changer" that fascinatingly blends genres, epochs and styles of playing. From Coldplay over Schubert to Messiaen, from Monk to Evans. Since 2015, Swiss bassist Christian Weber has been a regular member of the trio and contributes as broad a range of expressions as his fellow musicians - from classic arc playing to free expression and deep grooves.

Eric Schäfer (drums), Christian Weber (double bass), Michael Wollny (piano)

26.09.2021 DE - Frankfurt // Alte Oper Frankfurt Michael Wollny // Pierre Laurent Aimard Buy Tickets
02.10.2021 DE - Leipzig // Oper Leipzig // Leipziger Jazztage Bau.Haus.Klang Buy Tickets
15.10.2021 DE - Hamburg // Elbjazz Michael Wollny | Solo Buy Tickets
06.11.2021 FR - Strassbourg // JAZZDOR Michael Wollny | Solo Buy Tickets
08.11.2021 DE - Leverkusen // Leverkusener Jazztage XXXX
16.11.2021 DE - Krün // Schloss Elmau Jazztival Michael Wollny | Solo Buy Tickets
11.12.2021 DE - Rostock // Jazzclub Rostock - CarLo615 Michael Wollny | Solo
12.01.2022 NL - Tilburg // PaRaDoX Michael Wollny | Trio Buy Tickets
13.01.2022 NL - Amsterdam // Bimhuis Michael Wollny | Trio
14.01.2022 NL - Rotterdam // LantarenVenster Michael Wollny | Trio Buy Tickets
31.03.2022 DE - Mindelheim // Mindelheimer Jazztage Michael Wollny | Trio Buy Tickets
30.04.2022 DE - Langenau // Mater Dolorosa Kirche Michael Wollny | Trio
01.05.2022 DE - Bonn // Jazzfest Bonn Michael Wollny | Trio
18.05.2022 CH - Neuchâtel // Socmus Out of Land
09.09.2022 DE - Wismar // Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Michael Wollny | Trio