Benjamin Jonas Schatz

Benjamin Schatz started playing the violin at the age of four and the piano at the age of six. After studying classical piano he became a student (jazz piano) of Richie Beirach at the Musikhochschule Leipzig where he graduated in 2008. The same year, he moved to Vienna/Austria. Competitions: • 1. Prize “International Music Competitions of the Val Tidone” in Pianello/Italy (2000) • 2. Prize “Internationaler Klavierwettbewerb Barthelt” in Ingolstadt (2001) • Winner “Concerto Competition California State University Long Beach/USA” (2004) • Winner of a complete CD recording in 2009 at the “International Jazzmeeting Generations 2008” in Frauenfeld/Switzerland - Production for the Suisse Radio DRS 2 (2008) • CD was chosen (out of 50 recordings) for the “JazzThing- Next Generation” series by JazzThing/Double Moon Records (2010)

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