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Nick Rixen

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About Nick

Jazz Pianist, Arranger & Composer, Classical Pianist
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London
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I was born in the UK but grew up in Germany. I studied jazz and classical piano at the conservatoires of the Berlin ‘Hochschule der Kunste’ from 1986-1989, and subsequently the Amsterdam ‘Hoogeschool voor de Kunsten’ from 1989-1994. I moved back to the UK and London in 1995, where I have been living and working since. My main teachers and mentors as a student were the accomplished Walter Norris in Berlin and Rob Madna in Amsterdam. My pianistic influences are diverse, ranging from classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel and Albeniz to jazz pianists like Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, Brad Mehldau, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Ahmad Jamal, and Latin American pianists such as Chucho Valdez, Eddie Palmieri and Alfredo Rodriguez. As a band leader I have produced four jazz albums over the years, featuring my own compositions, two as a piano trio: ‘Blueprint’ (2002) and ‘Impressions’ (2014), and two as a quartet: ‘Nick Rixen Quartet’ (2008) and ‘Points of View’ (2010). The latter two are distributed online by the American label ‘Art of Life Records’. In addition to leading my own band, I have appeared as a sideman with many bands and collaborated with some of the top Dutch and UK jazz musicians, performing at many jazz clubs. I have also worked extensively as a solo pianist in bars, hotels, on cruise ships, and at functions. And needless to say, I continue to be available for such work both as a solo pianist and with any line up required.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I require car parking close to venues
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
Musicianship
Genres:
Classical, Jazz, Jazz fusion, Latin jazz, Modern jazz, Swing, Blues
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Event types:
Bar / Club / Venue event, Wedding, Hotel / Restaurant event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Fluent improviser, Instrumental teaching, Accompanist
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Song list

Tunes by: George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, A. C. Jobim, Sergio Mendes, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, etc.
Compositions by: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Albeniz, Shostakovich, Piazzolla, etc.
JAZZ STANDARDS
ALL BLUES BEWITCHED
AGUA DE BEBER AUTUMN IN NEW YORK
BLACK ORPHEUS
AS TIME GOES BY
BLUE MONK BUT BEAUTIFUL
DESAFINADO CHELSEA BRIDGE
EAST OF THE SUN DARN THAT DREAM
500 MILES HIGH THE DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES
FOUR DESAFINADO
FREDDIE FREELOADER EMILY
GROOVIN' HIGH EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE
MAS QUE NADA A FOGGY DAY
THE NIGHT HAS A 1000 EYES
THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA
NOSTALGIA IN TIMES SQUARE HAVE YOU MET MISS JONES
ONE NOTE SAMBA HOW HIGH THE MOON
CORCOVADO HOW INSENSITIVE
SOME DAY MY PRINCE WILL COME
HOW LONG HAS THIS BEEN GOING ON
SONG FOR MY FATHER I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY
TAKE 5 I GOT RHYTHM
TAKE THE A TRAIN IMAGINATION
WATERMELON MAN IN LOVE IN VAIN
WAVE IN A SENTIMENTAL MOOD
WINDOWS
IN YOUR OWN SWEET WAY
AUTUMN LEAVES I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU
BILLIE'S BOUNCE I REMEMBER YOU
NIGHT AND DAY LUSH LIFE
SUMMERTIME
JEANNINE
LOVER MAN
JUST FRIENDS
CARAVAN JUST IN TIME
THE NEARNESS OF YOU
LAURA
HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
COME RAIN OR SHINE LOVE FOR SALE
IT AIN'T NECESSARILY SO
THE MAN I LOVE
THERE'LL NEVER BE ANOTHER YOU
MY FOOLISH HEART
TENDERLY
THERE IS NO GREATER LOVE
ON GREEN DOLPHIN STREET SKYLARK
AND MANY OTHERS
CLASSICAL MUSIC
BACH – AIR, GOLDBERG VAR., WELL TEMPERED PIANO
MOZART – SONATA FACILE, ALLA TURKA
BEETHOVEN – SONATA NO 8, FUR ELISE
SCHUMAN - KINDERSZENEN
SCHUBERT - IMPROMPTUS
CHOPIN – VARIOUS ETUDES, PRELUDES, BERCEUSE
LISZT – LIEBESTRAUM, CONSOLATION, UN SOSPIRO
DEBUSSY – VARIOUS PRELUDES, ARABESQUES, REVERIE
RAVEL - MIROIRS
GERSHWIN – 3 PRELUDES
ALBENIZ – CANTOS DE ESPANA, MALAGUENA, ASTURIAS
PIAZZOLLA – ESTACIONES PORTENAS
KHACHATURYAN - TOCCATA, PICTURES OF CHILDHOOD

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, 1 year ago

Nick is a fantastic performer, reliable yet instinctive. The rehearsal process was smooth and we were fully prepared well ahead of schedule. The show went off without a hitch, the trust I placed in him as a performer was very well placed. The audience feedback was great all round, not least for Nick who as far as I'm concerned is now MY Number One Pianist of choice. Thanks Encore your service is brilliant.

From other customers:

Parveen, 2022 years ago

Dear Nick, thank you so much for making our wedding day a special day. Your choice of music and performance was greatly appreciated by all.

Paul

Dear Nick, thank you so much for playing at our wedding. The music was outstanding and you performed all the tunes we chose really well. Everyone thought you were great!