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 native composers. The art of improvisation melts this Swedish legacy with the jazz piano tradition, giving him a unique vehicle of expression that is entirely his own.
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