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Kreusch, Cornelius Claudio

Kreusch, Cornelius Claudio, pianist, producer; b. Munich, Germany, 6 September 1968. He has a brother (classical guitarist) and sister (sculptor) and took up jazz at age 10. The classically-trained pianist graduated from Berklee College of Music (Bachelor of Music) in Boston & from Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music) in New York City.  He studied with jazz legend Jaki Byard & a disciple of Horowitz. Despite his formal studies, Cornelius regards himself as self-taught.

He performed at venues & music festivals including the Blue Note Jazz Club, Steinway Hall & Knitting Factory in New York, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the  Philharmonic Hall & Prinzregententheater in Munich, Theatre des Halles in Paris, Fondassion Miro in Barcelona, Centro de las Artes in Mexico City, Tata Theatre in Bombay, Sala Palatuli in Bukarest, various concert halls in Cuba & many other places around the world. He has performed and recorded with Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock (piano duo), African vocal star Salif Keita, Miles Davis' last saxophonist Kenny Garrett, jazz saxophone legend Bobby Watson, M-base saxophonist Greg Osby, bassist Anthony Cox, Richard Bona, drummers Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Will Calhoun (Living Colour), Terri Lyne Carrington & pianist Joachim Kuhn (piano duo) among many others.

This Steinway Artist was one of five finalists at the Great American Jazz Piano Competition '95 & was the youngest pianist to be selected for the Concours International de Piano Jazz Martial Solal '89 in Paris. He received many prizes & awards, including the Berklee College of Music's Jazz-Performance-Award '94, Manhattan School of Music's President's Award '95 & '96 & Germany's Scala-Award '99 for Artist of the Year.
He has produced albums & artists ranging stylistically from classical to jazz to popular & spoken word, new age / meditation & music for film.  As part of a musical family, he also produces music for children with his mother, classical pianist, songwriter & author Dorothee Kreusch-Jacob & the CDs of his brother, classical guitarist Johannes Tonio Kreusch.

In 2002 Cornelius Claudio Kreusch launched BlackMudSound Records. To date there are already 11 CDs available, ranging from world music to ambient & chill-out to pop & featuring the performances of many of his friends. His current live!-projects include his afro-funk.juju-jazz.world-beat group "Fo Doumbe",  virtuoso piano solo concerts in concert hall atmosphere & "Two World's One" with his brother Johannes. 

He also designs cloths, writes poetry & loves to cook. Since 1993, he lives in New York City.

Recordings:
Fefe; Mandala; a.f.r.i.c.a.m.b.i.e.n.t; Alpha Box; Live! At Steinway Hall / New York; Scoop; BlackMudSound; The Vision; Music for two Pianos; Talking to a Goblin; Herbie Hancock meets Vebacom (Vebacom promotional video); Music for Two Pianos, Part 1-17; FEFE: Radio Edition; Sun Music; CCK: New York City - Uptown Downtown (single, 2004), Life Is Beautiful (single, 2004), Life Is Beautiful (2004)

Contact information:
E-MAIL : world@BlackMudSound.com
WEB-SITES : CCKmusic.com & BlackMudSound.com
Translations by J.M. Hardacre, Jim Beason, Caira E. Leganz.

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