elias stemeseder – vita

"A true revelation“ 
Paolo Peviani, All About Jazz Italy

"...a pianist we're sure to hear more of in the future.“
Ian Patterson, All About Jazz UK

"This young Austrian is a huge discovery." 
Thomas Fitterling, RONDO 


Born in Salzburg, Austria in 1990, Elias lived in Berlin from 2010 and moved to New York in 2015. Besides his main instrument, the acoustic piano, he also plays synthesizers and works as a composer. He performs in a variety of musical idioms ranging from the open, song-oriented music of Jim Black's Trio to complex contemporary classical pieces by John Zorn to the electric, rock-driven music of Eyebone.

As a soloist he has performed at the Nuoro Jazz Festival (IT), Haus Der Berliner Festspiele (DE) and at the 2015 edition of the 12points Festival in Dublin (IRL). He leads a Berlin - based quartet with Eldar Tsalikov, Igor Spallati and Ugo Alunni and co-leads the bands Jagged Spheres (with Anna Webber and Devin Gray) and Eyebone (with Nels Cline and Jim Black).

Since 2008 Elias has been working extensively with the American drummer Jim Black. The Jim Black trio (with Thomas Morgan on double bass) has released two critically acclaimed recordings ("Somatic“ and "Actuality“) on the German label Winter&Winter Recordings. A third one is to be released on the Swiss label Intakt Records in 2016. The trio has toured in Europe extensively, having performed at festivals such as Umbria Jazz, Saalfelden Jazz Festival and Bari Jazz Festival, as well as the Winter Jazz Festival in New York.
In 2013, Elias formed the collective trio "Eyebone“ with Jim Black and guitarist Nels Cline, in which he plays the Wurlitzer piano and bass synthesizers. (debut record to be released soon).

Current projects include work with John Zorn (John Zorn's Bagatelles), Greg Cohen's "Garden of Earthlings", Philipp Gropper's "Philm", Jim Black's "Malamute" Anna Webber's "Percussive Mechanics", Robert Landfermann Quintet and "OTIS+WEDDING". He has also performed with Joey Baron, Mat Maneri, Chris Tordini, Ellery Eskelin and John Hollenbeck.


links / projects

For booking inquiries please contact me at:
elias.stemeseder (at) gmx.at

My soundcloud page
Solo Piano: (Video)
Quartet with Eldar Tsalikov, Igor Spallati and Ugo Alunni 
Jim Black Trio with Thomas Morgan, Elias Stemeseder  (Video)
booking at: http://saudades.at
Eyebone with Nels Cline, Jim Black (coming soon!) (Video) 
Philipp Gropper - „PHILM“ with Andreas Lang, Oli Steidle (Video)
Anna Webber - „Percussive Mechanics“ (Video)



Jim Black Trio „Somatic“ (W&W 2012)
„Actuality“ (W&W 2014) 
Anna Webber „Percussive Mechanics“ (Pirouet 2012) „Refraction“ (Pirouet 2014) 
Jagged Spheres „Jagged Spheres“ (2014) 
Philipp Harnisch „Handmade Emotions“ (Vienna Today 2011)
„Songs about Birds and Horses“ (Listen Closely 2013)
„Black Field“ (Listen Closely 2014)
Igor Osypov Quintet featuring Logan Richardson „I“ (Unit records, 2014)



"OTIS + Wedding" with Otis Sandsjö, Daniel Bödvarsson, Tilo Weber, elias
07. May 2016 / Berlin (DE) - XJazz Festival

Philipp Gropper - PHILM with Philipp Gropper, Andreas Lang, Oli Steidle, elias
08. May 2016 / Ghent (BE) - Ham Sessions
09. May 2016 / Amsterdam (NL) - tba

Robert Landfermann, Maria Faust, Frederik Leroux, Kristof Bacso, Piotr Damasiewicz, Borja Barrueta, elias
17. May 2016 - 21. May 2016 / Brussels (BE) - Brussels Jazzmarathon@Flagey

John Zorn's Bagatelles with Jim Black, Chris Tordini, elias
30. May 2016 (3pm!) / New York (NY) - The Stone

"Jagged Spheres" - Anna Webber, Devin Gray, elias
14. June 2016 / Brooklyn (NY) @ Korzo

John Zorn's Bagatelles with Jim Black, Chris Tordini, elias
21. June 2016 (3pm!) / New York (NY) - The Stone

Jim Black Trio with Thomas Morgan, Jim Black, elias
21. June 2016 / New York (NY) - Cornelia Street Cafe

Elias Stemeseder at Südtirol Jazzfestival
24. June 2016 / Überetsch (IT) - opening concert with Lukas Kranzelbinder, Dan Kinzelman, Stefano Tamborrino
29. June 2016 / Bolzano (IT) - duo with Peter Evans
30. June 2016 / Bolzano (IT) - trio with Dan Kinzelman, Francesco Diodati (11am!)
30. June 2016 / Merano (IT) - Philipp Gropper's PHILM with Philipp Gropper, Andreas Lang, Oli Steidle, elias
01. July 2016 / Ritten (IT) - Elias Stemeseder Solo (11am)
02. July 2016 / Brunico (IT) - guest with Francesco Diodati's Yellow Squeeds

"Otis Wedding" with Otis Sandsjö, Petter Eldh, Tilo Weber
4. July 2016 / Copenhagen (DK) - Koncertkirken (Copenhagen Jazz Festival)

John Zorn's Bagatelles with Jim Black, Chris Tordini, elias
13. August 2016 / New York (NY) @ Village Vanguard