Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Lars was introduced to the saxophone at the age of 10. After performing a duo TV show with famed Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, Dietrich decided to pursue a career in music. At the age of fifteen he got accepted to study saxophone at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 2005 after completing his Masters in Music degree in Amsterdam Lars received a full scholarship from Manhattan School of Music, Dietrich moved to New York and studied under Dick Oatts and David Liebman.
As a leader Dietrich released his well reviewed 2009 debut album 'Breek de Grond' and his 2011 Solo album 'Stand Alone'. Dietrich also co leads the band 'The Story', a collaborative group including Samir Zarif (tenor saxophone),John Escreet (Piano), Zack Lober (bass) and Greg Ritchie (drums). Venues and festivals Dietrich performed at as a leader and with The Story include. The North Sea Jazz Festival, Town Hall, Iridium, Jazz Gallery, Bimhuis, 55Bar, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Carnegie Hall As well as tours throughout Canada, Europe and the United States and live radio broadcasts for CBC, VPRO With ‘The Story’ Lars gave clinics at Queens College, University of New Orleans, McGill University, Humber College, York College, Layola University. Next to his own band Lars also performed with Herbie Hancock, Dan Weiss, Jason Marsalis, Billy Hart, Ravi Coltrane, Ben Monder, Joe Lovano, David Liebman, David Binney, Donny Mccasslin. For his achievements Lars Dietrich received the ‘Julian van Dijk’ award (granted only to the best student throughout The Netherlands), the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds’ Scholarship and the ‘FAPK’ Scholarship. May 2007 Lars won the ‘Downbeat College Soloist Award’.
Awards:'Julian van Dijk Award' 2005 'Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Scholarship' 2006 'FAPK Scholarship' 2006 ‘Downbeat College Soloist Award’ 2007
...alto saxophonist Lars Dietrich alone has created an exciting album. Analog synth sounds that draw on antiquated sounding, pressed together with a massive wall of electronic rhythms. He finds himself in a universe where the saxophone is relieved from the ground and took a position where all logic ceases. (JazzNyt Denmark)
...an otherworldy or futuristic lone visitor come to enlighten us with electronics. (Gray Hunter Wordpress)