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Mattias Nilsson is regarded as one of the the most respected pianists of Northern Europe, appropriately influenced by Sweden’s rich cultural heritage. Besides paying respect to the timeless traditions of jazz piano that he has absorbed Nilsson adds to his palette of musical colors the equally rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers as well as his original compositions. The art of improvisation melts this Swedish legacy with the Jazz tradition, giving him a unique vehicle of expression that is entirely his own. Mattias is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Harry Arnold Scholarship 2013.
”What a musician, what a great sense of the magic of those black and white keys this man owns.” /SydÖstran
”Mattias Nilsson is a responsive pianist who goes from strength to strength. ”In Sermonette he played a solo that was both skillfully and thoroughly musical which makes us understand that Mattias now must be counted among the best in Sweden on his instrument.” …”He played with powerful authority during constant, spontaneous applauses induced by the flow of ideas coming completely from his fingers.” /Orkester Journalen
”A enormous degree of energy and musical flexibility, as well as a very personal and appealing melodic sense…” …”A more dignified end of the first festival evening is hard to imagine. Mattias tender interpretation of Lars Gullin´s Danny’s Dream was outstanding!” /Skånska Dagbladet
”It’s hard to imagine any jazz musician who’s appeared more in Malmö in recent years than Mattias Nilsson. The desire to reach the audience, whether it’s in a concert hall, a jazz club or a noisy restaurant, has undoubtedly been a factor in developing Nilsson’s distinct, extrovert piano style.” /Sydsvenskan