Composer, Pianist, Conductor
»Time and again, he finds wind beneath his musical wings, which carries the music. Light flows through his compositions, and in turn, they sound light, free, wild and unbridled.« (Ulrich Habersetzer, Bavarian Broadcasting)
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Composer, pianist and conductor Christian Elsässer is one of the most important figures in contemporary jazz in Europe.
He works frequently with the most renowned large ensembles of the international scene like the Metropole Orchestra (3 Grammys), the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, all German Radio Big Bands (WDR, HR, NRD und SWR) and the Munich Radio Orchestra. Among his musical partners are Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Mike Stern, Vince Mendoza, Mike Mainieri and many others.
Kurt Elling recorded Elsässer’s arrangement of An American Tune on his album The Questions (2018).
In 2012 Christian Elsässer’s album Seemingly received the ECHO Jazz award. Christian Elsässer’s projects as a bandleader range from trio to 19-piece large ensemble, the Christian Elsässer Jazz Orchestra, which was awarded the Bavarian Arts Award in 2016.
Recently, he released the CDs Spurensuche with the WDR Big Band and The Mirror Suite with the Jazzrausch Bigband. He is a professor of composition and jazz piano at the University for Music and Performing Arts in Munich.