Born and raised in Germany, trained in New York City and now based in Canada, jazz pianist and composer, Florian Hoefner, draws from a myriad of influences that cumulate in his unique brand of modern jazz. Praised as a “composer-bandleader of insightful resolve” by the New York Times and a “harmonically daring pianist … reaching toward new sonic territory” by Downbeat, Florian Hoefner has made his mark as an inventive creator and performer of exciting contemporary Jazz.
With his quartet, the Florian Hoefner Group, he has released 3 albums on Origin Records that have received rave reviews around the globe. “Luminosity,” his latest release that features tenor saxophonist Seamus Blake, has been described as a “starkly picturesque album … that makes profound statements from quiet moments” by Downbeat and as a “total experience” by the New York Jazz Record. It has been nominated as Jazz Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards 2017.
Since 2014 Florian has been active as a solo performer and has since played at venues including the Blues Alley in Washington, D.C., The Kitano in New York City and the Sendesaal in Bremen, Germany. In 2016 he was awarded a grant by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council to write and record his first solo piano album. The collection of all new original compositions and improvisations was recorded at Sendesaal Bremen, a heritage protected radio hall in Northern Germany and captures scenes around his home in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the shores of the North Atlantic. The album will be released under the title “Coldwater Stories” on September 15th on Origin Records.
As a member of the Germany-based collective, Subtone, Florian has released 4 critically acclaimed albums on labels including ENJA Records and performed on 4 continents including festivals such as Jazz Baltica (Germany), ACACIA Jazz Festival (Ethiopia), Jazz in Situ (Ecuador) and Tremplin Jazz d’Avignon (France) where the group was awarded the jury and audience awards. Florian’s work as a sideman has led to numerous additional CD releases including a collaboration with guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel on Fresh Sounds Records. He has shared the stage with the likes of Joe Lovano, Seamus Blake, Rich Perry, John Riley, trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, and New York Philharmonic clarinetist, Mark Nuccio.
A two-time winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, Florian’s compositions and arrangements can be heard on many commercial albums by artists including Till Brönner, Jasmin Tabatabai and Peter Fessler. His big band compositions have been performed by the New York Jazz Orchestra, the Lucerne Jazz Orchestra, the German Youth Jazz Orchestra and the DanJam Orchestra.