Born: May 15, 1956 Primary Instrument: Piano
Jazz Pianist Mathias Claus, born 1956 in Waiblingen nearby Stuttgart, Germany. Education as jazz pianist at Musikhochschule Hamburg, studies with Prof. Dr. Dieter Glawischnig, diploma with excellence in 1989. Further studies with Ray Santisi at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA plus classical studies with Shigeko Takeya and others.
Mathias Claus started collaboration recordings with musicians of the young cyber jazzscene worldwide. He contributed as guest player on numerous artists’ CDs worldwide, working with many artists such as Peggy Morris, Nigel Hitchcock, Laurence Cottle, Sue Maskaleris, Daniel Martina, Fillipo Bertacche and others. Later on he started playing live concerts with his global musicians organising common tours and concerts in Germany with american artists Peggy Morris, Eyran Katsenelenbogen or Misha Steinhauer from Moscow.
In 2003 he gained international attention being interviewed by allaboutjazz.com and awarded by Bundesfonds Soziokultur e.V. for his international collaboration activities.
After gaining a teaching faculty 2004 in Braunschweig he started a career as jazz solo pianist. Recently he performed with some of the leading german jazz solo pianists at the 1. Hamburg Jazz Solo Piano Summit on 16th June 2007 for the NDR broadcast Hamburg and shared stage with players like John Taylor and Eliane Elias and was piano sideman for american vocalists like Gayle Tufts, Peggy Morris, Kara Johnstad and Rachel Gould.
“Mathias Claus is a fine jazz pianist and one of Germany’s topnotch jazz pianists.” --Lee Prosser, USA, www.jazzreview.com