Danish piano/ keyboard player, composer, producer, arranger and educator.
NH won the gold prize in Berlingske Tidendes competition of non-classical music in Copenhagen; won the category best European jazz piano player under 25 in the RAI competition in Rome and was a finalist in Leverkusener Jazztages European Young Artist competition in Germany.
Having graduated from Rhythmic Conservatory at 22, he was the first to get topgrade 13 for his concert performance in piano, his major subject. He later studied in the US with Richie Beirach, Danilo Perez and Gary Dial. He also studied in West Africa with master drummer Odartey and at Legon University in Accra, Ghana.
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Providing the perfect come-down after the pyrotechnics of
the opera house, the late-night solo piano recital by Danish
pianist Nikolaj Hess in Christians Kirke careened between
heart-melting delicacy and almost Chopinesque virtuosity.
Hess is clearly equipped to face the most gargantuan
technical demands, but it was the incredible fecundity of his
imagination that impressed the most, whether in his inventive
reimagining of You Are my Sunshine or the extended reverie
of Smile. As midnight struck I'm sure I heard a cannon being
fired some way off in the distance, but this could have been
entirely due to my hypnagogic state.
- Peter Quinn, The Art Desk
MARC MOMMAAS and NIKOLAJ HESS - Balance @ the
Kitano live May 6th,2010.Dutch tenor saxophonist Marc
Mommaas and Danish pianist Nikolaj Hess have a rich history
as bandmates in Global Motion and other units, but their duo
work is a story unto itself, borne out by the 2005 Sunnyside