MATTIAS NILSSON is regarded as one of the most respected pianists in Sweden. Besides his devotion for the timeless traditions of jazz piano, Nilsson adds to his palette of musical colors the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns, native composers, and not least, his original compositions. With a very warm, personal touch in mind, Mattias creates his own soundscape with totally new colors.
In 2013 Mattias received the prestigious Swedish Harry Arnold Scholarship and later that year he performed solo at the 23nd Akbank Jazz Festival in Instanbul which marked the beginning of his solo career at the international scene.
”What a musician, what a great sense of the magic of those black and white keys this man owns.” – Tomas Pranell, 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.” - Stig Linderoth, 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!” – Jan Olsson, 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.” – Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan
”Mattias Nilsson’s lyrically sensitive piano playing compliment several tracks …” – Sven Bjerstedt , Kristanstadbladet
”…superb dynamic piano playing…” – Lasse Seger, Orkesterjournalen