From the harsh chill of his native land comes warm music that springs from the rich and varied traditions of Swedish folk music, hymns and Nordic composers. With these elements and a very warm and personal touch in mind, Nilsson creates his own musical soundscape, one in which he freely explores different traditions of music such as jazz, classical and folk. Through the art of improvisation these different traditions of music are melded together with his Swedish legacy to create a unique vehicle of expression that is entirely his own, something that might well be described as Scandinavian Solo Piano.
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.” /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.” /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