Simplicity is the final achievement.
— Frédéric Chopin
 
 

Constantly striving to learn from the great masters, Thilo made the search for simplicity the focal point of his musical activities. His playing and writing is strongly influenced by the composers of the classical-romantic epoch, however the media links a variety of artists to his music, as the likes of Keith Jarrett, Brad Mehldau or Shai Maestro. Lyrical expressivity, a predilection for meaningful melodies and a tendency to reduce the played material to its simplest version characterise the playing of the Graz / Austria based pianist. Mainly at home at the acoustic piano, Thilo explores the sounds of electronic key instruments and the organ as well as being an in-tune singer. Having studied the tradition of early, classical and Jazz music, he draws from all possible influences to enrich his musical expression across stylistic boundaries.

 

The beginning of Thilo’s musical studies dates back to his 5th anniversary, when he formally started taking piano lessons. Later, Accordion, French horn and vocal lessons were added. Although Thilo displayed some talent performing as a soloist in classical piano and was awarded 1st prizes at various international competitions (Steinway comp. / Germany, Bach comp. / Estonia, Neuhaus comp. / Ukraine), playing music by ear and interacting in a band context always showed to be more appealing to him. As a teenager, having had the chance to partake in the Rotary cultural exchange program and stay abroad in Brazil for one year, the decision grew in him to devote himself to improvised music and enter the Jazz program at Kunstuniversität Graz, where he finished his Masters with honors in 2018. Here, he had the chance to study piano with Olaf Polziehn and composition with Ed Partyka, Michael Abene. Furthermore, the likes of Anders Jormin, Shai Maestro, Gerald Clayton, George Cables and Dominik Wania became important mentors along the way.