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Hong Kong

Sep 27: Hong Kong International Jazz Festival


Dez 06: Schlot, Orchestra

Reykjavík, Iceland

Feb, 23: Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík Big Band

New York City

Apr, 25: 3333 Salon Nights, Duo

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About me.

Multi award winning pianist/composer Maria Baptist is widely recognized as an artist of the highest calibre — she has given more than 1,000 concerts in 20 countries on 4 continents. The german television broadcaster ZDF estimates her as a „role model of a whole new jazz generation“.

Maria is performing as a soloist or with her own highly acclaimed Orchestra and has released 14 CDs to her name. She gave a private piano concert for Michael Jackson in the 90s. Maria is a university professor for composition & improvisation at Hanns Eisler Berlin. New York City is Maria’s home of heart, Berlin her home-base. Besides, she is a mindfulness and meditation-devotee.


Her original music has freed itself from all genre descriptions and has simply become itself. On stage she creates out of the present moment – for the present moment. „It sounds almost paradoxical, however Maria Baptist is able to create something like an extroverted inwardness.“  (LV)


Maria has been seen „in a league with the key figures of modern Jazz“ by All About Jazz, while Grammy-Winner Maria Schneider says: „Her music is a gift, infused with all the creativity, power, emotion, generosity and warmth that she exudes in life.

Maria Baptist’s music is a gift, infused with all the creativity, power, emotion, generosity and warmth that she exudes in life.

Maria Schneider

Maria Baptist is in a league with the key figures of modern Big Band Jazz such as Schneider, Gruntz, McNeely and Bley.

All About Jazz

Maria Baptist created one of the most interesting contemporary jazz formations in Europe.

12on14 Jazzclub

Maria Baptist connects the European tradition with the American Jazz ethos.


Maria Baptist travels around the globe as a crossover ambassador of music.

Deutsche Welle TV

Musicians like Maria Baptist are role models of a whole new jazz generation.



Maria Baptist has always been considered to be a „magician of the soul of the piano“ (WDR). On her new album Resonance she follows her reputation as a „seductress of the 88 keys„: Resonance is highly emotional, evocative and vivid as life.“ – All About Jazz


Resonance outlines Maria’s relationship to music and mindfulness — and by extension, inspires her listeners to dive deeper into the present moment with her. The music she recorded is as intellectually compelling, as it is emotionally intense — it is filled with magical moments that resonate with the listeners’ soul. „It sounds almost paradoxical, however Maria Baptist is able to create something like an extroverted inwardness.“ (LV)


Resonance, simply said, is great piano music that doesn‘t need the categories of classical, contemporary or jazz music. It speaks for itself.“ –Cosmo Scharmer


Video: Ballad / Lyrical / Powerful

Piano & Sax Duo.

Album & Tour coming autumn 2020!


Maria Baptist and her duo partner Jan von Klewitz will present their first album together in autumn 2020. Their music is characterised by an openness that breaks down genre boundaries, mixing classical and jazz influences to create a music full of intensity and drive.


Alto saxophone virtuoso Jan von Klewitz is a fixture in the German jazz scene. „This world-class man masters his instrument, from the lowest register to the brightest heights“ (Neuburger Rundschau).

Both musicians share a long-standing artistic collaboration; Jan von Klewitz is a permanent member of the Maria Baptist Orchestra. On the trio album „Poems without Words“, released in 2017, he was a feature guest and has contributed significantly to moving „Maria Baptist’s music completely towards Coltrane-Power“ (Jazz Thing).
Since then they have been touring extensively in the duo formation. The project celebrated its international premiere at the Hong Kong Jazz Festival 2019.


Video: Ballad / Lyrical / Up-Tempo

Poems without Words.

With her trio plus one Maria Baptist has created one of the „most exciting contemporary jazz formations in Europe“ (artistic director 12on14 Jazzclub). On their new album „Poems without Words“, they create „deep worlds of sound, which are seldom heard in Europe today“ (Cosmo Scharmer).


Touching melodies, contrasting with powerful outbursts, balladic lines transform into fast-paced sequences of notes. All this is presented with a „technical ability at the highest level and with a musical intelligence that forms a perfectly harmonious band“ (AAZ). „A concert by the Maria Baptist Trio plus One is a musical revelation“ (KN).


Jan von Klewitz (sax), Fabian Timm (bass), John Betsch (drums)


Video: Trio-Ballad / Trio plus One Up-Tempo / Trio Energetic

Here & Now.

Here & Now 2: Release on September 4, 2019!


Over the past few years, Maria Baptist has established her profile as an international pianist with her solo recording Resonance (2018) and her quartet album Poems without Words (2017), and has strengthened this profile with highly visible concerts at festivals such as Jazz Baltica or the upcoming Hong Kong Jazz Festival. Now she is once again focusing entirely on her skills as a composer with her sequel album Here & Now 2 for her jazz orchestra.


Supported by Baptist’s 16-piece ensemble, which features a first-class line-up of musicians, Maria Baptist transfers her aesthetic and unique style to Here & Now 2. The seven new, complex compositions emphasize the uniquely creative voices and individual personalities of each member of the band. Here & Now 2 reflects on the present moment, on what represents the „here & now“ in a broader sense.


The Maria Baptist Orchestra is one of the leading big bands in the pulsating Berlin jazz scene. They have been playing their monthly concert series at Kunstfabrik Schlot since 5 years. The Berlin Senate supports the Orchestra with a jazz funding and their previous album Here & Now was nominated for the German Record Critics‘ Award. The music, all composed by Maria Baptist, has been seen „in a league with the key figures of modern Big Band Jazz such as Schneider, Gruntz, McNeely and Bley“ by All about Jazz.


Video: Teaser #1 / Teaser #2 / Teaser #3 / Teaser #4


Rhythm: Piano-Maria Baptist, Bass-Fabian Timm, Drums-Heinz Lichius Reeds: David Beecroft, Jan v. Klewitz, Niko Zeidler, Richard Maegraith, Nik Leistle Trombones: Julius Hopf, Jan Landowski, Rasmus Holm, Christopher Sauloff Trumpets: Greg Bowen, Fabian Engwicht, Ruben Giannotti, Eddie Hayes

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