Born: October 20, 1980 Primary Instrument: Piano
Swedish jazz pianist Mattias Nilsson, regarded as one of the most respected pianists of Northern Europe, possesses ”an enormous degree of energy and musical flexibility, as well as a very personal and appealing melodic sense…” (Skånska Dagbladet). He is also fully capable of spellbinding an audience simply by swinging like mad while paying respect to the timeless traditions of jazz piano that he has absorbed. There is however another element to his palette of musical colors. From the harsh chill of his native land comes warm music that springs from the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns and Nordic composers. With these elements and a very warm and personal touch in mind, Nilsson creates his own musical soundscape, one in which he freely explores different traditions of music such as jazz, classical and folk. Through the art of improvisation these different traditions of music are melded together with his Swedish legacy to create a unique vehicle of expression that is entirely his own, something that might well be described as Scandinavian Piano Art....
Awards:2013 / Harry Arnold Scholarship 2012 / Jazz Musician of the year in Skåne – Skånska Dagbladet 2008 / Lomma Culture Prize 2008 / Jazz Musician of the year in Skåne – Skånska Dagbladet 2007 / Jazz Musician of the year in Skåne – Skånska Dagbladet
”Mattias Nilsson is a responsive pianist who goes from strength to strength. ”In Sermonette he played a solo that was both skillfully and thoroughly musical which makes us understand that Mattias now must be counted among the best in Sweden on his instrument.” / Stig Linderoth, Orkester Journalen
”What a musician, what a great sense of the magic of those black and white keys this man owns.” / Tomas Pranell, SydÖstran
”A more dignified end of the first festival evening is hard to imagine. Mattias tender interpretation of Lars Gullin´s Danny’s Dream was outstanding!” / Jan Olsson, Skånska Dagbladet
”It’s hard to imagine any jazz musician who’s appeared more in Malmö in recent years than Mattias Nilsson. The desire to reach the audience, whether it’s in a concert hall, a jazz club or a noisy restaurant, has undoubtedly been a factor in developing Nilsson’s distinct, extrovert piano style.” / Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan