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)



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