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Kathrine Windfeld

Denmark Copenhagen
Main specialization: Piano Pianist & Composer, Arranger, Conductor
Malmö Academy of Music Musicology - University. of Copenhagen Fridhems Folkhögskola - Jazz Performance
Native language: Danish Other languages: English
Kathrine Windfeld
Kathrine Windfeld


Kathrine Windfeld is considered one of the most exciting and refreshing new Scandinavian jazz composers and arrangers in many years.

Her breathtaking compositions thrive on a rare combination of delicacy and strength: A colorful meeting of sophisticated harmonic passages, driving grooves and poetic ballads that float into her explosive arrangements.

Windfeld’s handpicked big band of 15 young excellent Scandinavian musicians effortlessly combine playful precision with enthusiastic power. A grandiose blend, that has inspired international greats like Mike Stern, Seamus Blake and Gilad Hekselman to share stage with her.

With her four multiple awarded big band releases „AIRCRAFT“ (2014),
„LATENCY“ (2017), “ORCA” (2020) and DETERMINATION (2021) Kathrine Windfeld’s name quickly exceeded the borders of her Scandinavian home, leading to raving reviews in international publications like Jazzwise (UK), Le Monde (F) and Downbeat (USA).

As the only European musician, she won the prestigious “Rising Stars Jazz Award” in London 2020, followed by a tour on top festivals in Spain, Germany, Iceland, England and Ukraine. In 2022 she received the honorable “Ben Webster Prize” for her unique revitalization of the big band genre in Denmark.

Besides touring with her own big band and sextet, Kathrine Windfeld is an in-demand guest composer. Her ambitious work has led to highly acclaimed collaborations with Bohuslän Big Band (SE), Danish Radio Big Band and Frankfurt Radio Big Band (DE), with whom Windfeld has played three broadcasted radio concerts. She has tought masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Stockholm.

In 2022 she is touring in Brazil Italy, Norway, Germany, Poland and more

“Kathrine Windfeld is a rising star on the European jazz scene, not least for her bold writing for her adventurous big band”
Jazzwise Magazine (UK)

“Windfeld's band of leading young Scandinavian musicians is as tight and sharp as any you'll hear"
The Guardian (UK)

"In the musical substance of the compositions, Kathrine Windfeld can compete with the big names in the business”
JazzPodium (DE)

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