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Biography

LAST ALBUM (2019): YOU'VE CHANGED

Baptiste Trotignon studied piano and classical music since the age of six and discovered jazz and improvisation as a teenager. His first two trio albums in the early 2000’s ( followed by two solo piano albums which both received major public and critical acclaim ) brought him to people’s attention as one of the most spectacular member of a new generation of pianists, and brought him to perform at many major international venues. 

He won many awards : Prix Django Reinhardt, Best French Newcomer at 2003 Victoires du Jazz, Grand Prix at the 2002 Martial Solal International Piano Competition…

Over the years that followed he developed a number of eclectic encounters, performing alongside with artists like Tom Harrell, Stefano Di Battista, Aldo Romano or Brad Mehldau. After his first “american” album recorded in New York in 2008 ( « Share ») , he received in 2011 the Sacem’s Grand Prix for his work as a composer, and then released in 2012 a stunningly bold album, “Song Song Song”, on which he celebrated his love of the vocalist’s art and invited great artists like Melody Gardot. At the same time he creates his first Piano Concerto “Different Spaces” with Nicholas Angelich. 

In 2014 the 40-year-old musician « Le Monde » has described as “a lesson, a model, perfection from A to Z” continues to play a resolutely open-minded and imaginative music by returning to the trio format with “Hit », inviting master of groove Jeff Ballard. 

In 2016, while he's releasing a gorgeous original project mixing jazz and classical music on Kurt Weill with Kate Lindsey ( "Thousands of miles" , acclaimed by "New-York Times" ), he signs with the major label company SonyMusic, releasing first two co-leaded albums showing his love for South-American musical traditions : "Chimichurri" with argentinian percussionist Minino Garay and "Ancestral Memories" with cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry . In 2018,he receives the prestigious Echo Jazz award in Germany as Best Instrumentalist-Keyboards category, and creates his first symphonic piece « Hiatus et turbulences" with Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France , and his second piece for Piano and Orchestra « L’air de rien », concert where he also plays for the first time Mozart 1st Piano Concerto. 

His new album « You’ve changed » was released in May 2019: acoustic come back to solo piano and an incredible series of intimate duets with guests like Joe Lovano, Avishai Cohen, Ibrahim Maalouf, Camélia Jordana…


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