Growing up surrounded by music of all sorts, German pianist and composer Julian Bohn was drawn to musical instruments and especially the piano at an early age, leading to years of piano and organ lessons predominantly focused on classical music. The small but active music scene of the small German town he grew up in inspired him to dive into the adventurous musical world of Jazz and improvised music.
After several years of studying Jazz piano privately, Julian eventually started his bachelor studies at ArtEZ Conservatory in Enschede, the Netherlands. At the conservatory, Julian was taught by acclaimed musicians and educators like Sebastian Altekamp, John Hondorp, Ruud Ouwehand, Fred Oldenburg and Reinier Baas. He took private lessons with Florian Weber, Pablo Held, Frank Chastenier and Sam Harris and followed masterclasses with Cedar Walton, Michael League, Jeanfrancois Prins, Jiggs Whigham, Palle Mikkelborg, Enrico Pieranunzi, among others.
Since completing his studies in 2016, Julian is actively involved in multiple bands and ensembles, including his own piano trio, the chamber-jazz trio Holobiont (debut album „Dawn“ released on UNIT Records in 2017), and FRÉ, the band of vocalist and songwriter Frederike Berendsen (debut album „Nature’s Songs“ released on Fattoria Musica Records in 2017).
The pianist shared the stage with internationally acclaimed musicians like Judy Niemack, Becca Stevens, Florian Weber, Ben van Gelder, Reinier Baas, Anna-Lena Schnabel, Linley Hamilton, Jiggs Whigham and Jeanfrancois Prins and played in concert halls, jazz clubs and on festivals in Germany, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, France and Italy.
Recently Julian lived in New York City for two months to get to know the scene, go to concerts and take private lessons with some of the most influential jazz musicians of our time, including Vijay Iyer, Fred Hersch, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Kris Davis, Ben Wendel, Kendrick Scott, Taylor Eigsti and Gerald Clayton.
Julian Bohn is a rare person in today’s jazz scene. A young musician with a very old musical soul, he’s not trying to blow you out of the water with his technique (which he has plenty of), but rather plays music that draws you in and makes you want to listen to every track. With a beautiful touch and fresh ideas, he leads you on a journey of introspection and creativity.
Judy Niemack, Jazz Vocalist