Wolfgang Maiwald - jazz pianist - composer

 
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Wolfgang Maiwald is a contemporary jazz pianist with an original sound. His compositions distinguish themselves by catchy, narrative melodies, compelling grooves and lyrical improvisations.

 

Maiwald, born and raised in Germany, began playing the piano at the age of 14 as an autodidact. He formed a local rock band, writing his own songs and lyrics. Soon after that he became interested in jazz. In 1998 he won first price at the “Jugend Jazzt Niedersachen” jazz contest for both best soloist and band leader.


In 1990 Maiwald moved to Holland to study jazz piano at the Hilversum Conservatory. He graduated Cum Laude in 1995, settled in Amsterdam and developed into an exceptionally sophisticated and subtle musician.

 

After working as a sideman in various groups and formations he debuted with his first album under his own name entitled “Two Faces” with his trio, the Wolfgang Maiwald Trio in 2010. The album deservedly garnered wide critical acclaim and is distributed in the Netherlands, Germany and Japan.


In 2013 Maiwald succesfully showcased with the Wolfgang Maiwald Trio at the Dutch Jazz Day 2013. In spring 2014 he won the semi-finals of the “Dutch Jazz Competition 2014” performing with his trio.


In September 2014 Maiwald released the second album with his trio, entitled ‘The Silent Ones’. The album presentation took place at the North Sea Jazz Club in Amsterdam, followed by an extensive album relaese tour through the neterlands. The album is again distributed in The Netherlands and in Japan. One track of this album has also been released on a jazz compilation cd in Japan.

 

Wolfgang has been playing performances and concerts in different styles and formations in the Netherlands and abroad. He shared, amongst others, the stage with famous Dutch and international (jazz)musicians like Ferdinand Povel, Cameron Brown, Rick Margitza, Joe Lovano, Tim Ries, Miguel Martinez, Jesse van Ruller, Benjamin Herman, Jan Menu, Bart van Lier, Ben van den Dungen, Deborah Carter, Ben van Gelder, Willem Hellbreker, Robin Verheyen, Tineke Postma, Maarten Ornstein, Jasper Blom, Susanne Alt, Ed Verhoeff, Yaniv Nachum, Ellen ten Damme.

 

Besides being a jazz pianist Wolfgang knows his way well with synthesizers, studio equipment and contemporary styles as funk, soul and dance music. He runs a recording studio where he produces for various artists. Maiwald wrote and produced for the German television station ZDF.

 

Wolfgang teaches jazz piano at the DJAM, the School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in Amsterdam.

 
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