An established jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner has toured extensively throughout Europe, the US, and Canada. His performances are featured on ten CD releases, including a collaboration with renowned guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel.
He has been heard at major festivals across Europe, such as Jazz Baltica in Salzau, Germany, the Bohemia Jazz Fest in the Czech Republic and the Tremplin Jazz Festival in Avignon, France, where his band Subtone was the recipient of both the jury and audience awards. He shared the stage with the likes of Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, John Riley and Tim Ries. He is the leader of his New York-based Florian Hoefner Group that released its debut album, “Songs Without Words”, on OA2 Records in April 2012 and has since then embarked on a busy touring schedule in Europe and North America. In September 2013 the next album, “Falling Up”, will be released on the same label.
The German National Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra (Switzerland) have both premiered Florian’s compositions, with many more appearing on his recordings. He is a two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award and a former member of the BMI Jazz Composers’ Workshop hosted by Jim McNeely.
Florian initially began his musical studies in Bavaria, where he played the trumpet and accordion, in addition to piano. After obtaining his first degree as a jazz pianist from the University of Arts in Berlin, he was granted a Fulbright Scholarship to complete a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. There he studied with Jason Moran, Dave Liebman, and Garry Dial.
“There is a congeniality to this album akin to pop music, and the melodies are
infectious as hell, but they are anything but sweetness and light. [...]Falling in
between is some wonderfully understated interplay. It’s one of my favorite
albums of 2012.“
Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm
Well conceived modern stuff that sets a high water mark for sitting down jazz
that can be enjoyed by all.
Chris Spector, Midwest Record
This is a strong, promising quartet headed by a pianist you’ll want to hear
Nick Bewsey, Jazz in Space
Technically proficient, Hoefner and associates spark interest with cunning
Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz
...the effortlessness of the players is jaw-dropping...
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
As a teacher, Florian has been active both as a private instructor and clinician,
working for institutions like the University of Toronto, the University of Arts in
Berlin, Germany, the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, Austria, Riverside Piano
in New York City and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia.
Contents of clinics can be negotiated.
Florian has presented clinics at the University of Toronto, the Anton Bruckner
University in Linz, Austria, the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá,
Colombia, the Jazz School Krakow, Poland, the Earl Haig Secondary School in
Toronto, the North Toronto Collegiate Institute and The York School Toronto.