Born: March 22, 1980 Primary Instrument: Piano
Peter Knudsen (1980-) started playing the piano and also began writing his own music at the age of 10, and discovered jazz and 20th century music as a teenager. At the age 20, he was awarded Ingvar Johansson's scholarship for young jazz musicians.
He studied at the Music Acamedy in Gothenburg during 2001-2006 for Anders Persson, Anders Jormin among others. Under this period, he formed his own trio as well as the quintet blåeld. The group released its debut album Aurora in 2006 (Footprint Records), featuring original compositions crossing the boundaries of jazz, pop and 20th century music. He also toured with the Zappa tribute band Great Googly Moogly in Swedish jazz clubs and festivals, as well as the German festival Zappanale.
Having worked for some years with adapting the music of Debussy and Ravel for jazz trio, Peter and his trio recorded Impressions- a tribute to Debussy and Ravel in 2008, released on Found You Recordings. During 2009-2010, the trio did two summer tours in France. The trio has also performed at Swedish jazz clubs, festivals and concert halls. Peter has also toured with pop artists such as Tommy Nilsson, Mirva, JC and the Funk Machine.
In 2010, he launched the project P-B revisited, a quartet featuring Joakim Milder on Saxophone performing new arrangements of Swedish composer Peterson-Berger's music. In 2011, the group toured with the material and also recorded an album in the composer's home Sommarhagen. During the same year, Peter also formed the octet Peter Knudsen Eight and recorded the album Sagas of the Present featuring his own compositions. The album was released on the Italian label CAM Jazz in october 2012.
Since 2009, Peter is resident in Stockholm with his wife and two daughters, and he's currently finishing his Master's degree in Improvisation. He also teaches piano and ensemble playing at the Music Academy of Örebro.
Awards:Ingvar Johansson Memorial Award, 1999.
Peter Knudsen Trio plays astounding, and the sound quality is a pure pleasure. (...) entire themes are transferred to a jazz trio format, and one must say 'hats off' for doing it in such a talented way, with such musical and technical capacity. -Politiken (Denmark)
Music of rare lyrical quality (...) this outstanding CD is to be enjoyed by both the classical listener as well as the jazz lover!
Nordische Musik (Germany)
For those who like these classics, Bill Evans, and why not Keith Jarrett, there is much to enjoy here. -Jazzrytmit (Finland)
Exciting and challenging playing that brings out a new dimension in the music, yet preserving all the beauty of the originals at the same time Upsala Nya Tidning (Sweden)
Together they have created a piece of art. -Lira (Swedish music magazine)
Peter Knudsen Eight- Sagas of the Present
Emil Strandberg (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Andreas Gidlund (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute)
Gustav Rådström (Saxophone, Clarinet)
Thomas Backman (Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Flute)
Lisa Bodelius (Trombone)
Peter Knudsen (Piano)
Pär-Ola Landin (Double Bass)
Sebastian Voegler (Drums)
Impressions- A tribute to Debussy and Ravel
Found You Recordings
Personnel: Peter Knudsen: Piano, Fredrik Nilsson: Bass, Daniel Olsson: Drums.
As A Side Musician
Personnel: Lisa Löfgren: Vocals, Petter Rosenlundh: Saxophone, Peter Knudsen: Keys, Jenny Bengtsson: Bass, Martin Pettersson: Drums.
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Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Teaches jazz piano and ensemble playing at university level (Music Academy of Örebro)
- Ensemble exercises in Polymeters, Polyrhythm - Ensemble playing and improvising across the genre boundaries - Piano trio/small ensemble clinics with focus on interplay, switching roles etc.