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Young German pianist Julia Kadel was born in Berlin in 1986. She began to play the piano at the age of seven and discovered her passion for jazz music after years of classical training. In 2006 she decided to study psychology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. As she devoted herself fully to the music she finally studied jazz piano at University of Music Carl Maria von Weber Dresden in 2009.

With her well known piano trio Julia Kadel Trio she already released two albums at the legendary jazz label Blue Note/ Universal in 2014 („Im Vertrauen“) and 2016 („Über und Unter“). Kadel was nominated twice for the German Jazz Echo 2015 in the categories „Instrumentalist of the Year National Piano“ as a soloist and with her trio as „Newcomer of the Year“. In the same year her trio was also selected for the German jazz expo at the Jazzahead showcases in Bremen. In 2017 she was supported by the artist development grand from the Australian Music Centre "AMPlify Germany". She developed the experiment "How To Fail (Together)" with the Australian concept artist Julian Day. Kadel is involved in many national and international projects such as the new quartet "Vor der Mauer - Nach der Mauer" with German free jazz legends Günter Baby Sommer and Friedhelm Schönfeld or her duo with the German composer and cellist Thilo Thomas Krigar.

Julia Kadel's musical range varies in between the genres of contemporary jazz, free improvisation and new music, her compositions include narrative stories aswell as contrasting concepts for all kinds of improvisational thinking. Kadels music led her already to many international festivals and other countries such as England, France, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Lithuania and Turkey.


Venues (Selection)

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kleiner Saal (2018), Philharmonie Essen, Kleiner Saal (2018), NOR - Sardinen USF Bergen (2018), NDR Jazz Hamburg Sendesaal (2018), Unerhörte Musik BKA Berlin (2018), FR - AJMI Avignon (2017), FR - Goethe Institute Paris (2017), FR - Jazz à Cours et à Jardin Lyon (2017), Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (2017), HUN - Opus Budapest (2016), FR - Jazzdor Strasbourg (2016), TR - Borusan Müzik Evi Istanbul (2016), Leipziger Jazztage (2016), Residency at Muziek Biennale Niederrhein (2016), Bix Stuttgart (2016), Domicil Dortmund (2016), Unterfahrt München (2014/2016), Hafensommer Würzburg (2016), Women in (e)motion Festival Bremen (2016), Jazzfest Berlin (2015), Jazzahead! (2015), Überjazz Festival Hamburg (2015), Deutsche Woche St. Petersburg (2015), Jazzfest Bonn (2015/2017), Jazztage Dresden (2015/2016), IT - Bolzano Festival (2014), CZ - Boskovice Festival (2013)



Deutschlandstipendium 2013, Winner of HfM-Jazzpreis 2013, 2 Nominations for German Jazz Echo 2015, Solo Residency at Muziek Biennale Niederrhein (2016), Tour support from Goethe Institute Budapest (2016), Tour support from Goethe Institute Paris (2017), Artistic Development Grant from the Australian Music Centre "AMPlify Germany" (2017)