Nils Oliver Frahm
Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.
Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.
As the recognition continued to grow for his solo piano works ‘Wintermusik’ (2009) and ‘The Bells’ (2009), 2011 saw the release of ‘Felt’ created by placing Felt on the hammers of the piano. The album was followed by the solo synthesiser EP ‘Juno’ and ‘Screws’ (2012) – a birthday gift to his fans he recorded while recovering from a thumb injury. Nils released his follow up to Juno titled ‘Juno Reworked’ (2013) with guest reworks by Luke Abbott and Clark.
In 2013 Nils returned with his new album ‘Spaces’ to much critical acclaim, expressing his love for experimentation and answering the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his concerts. Recorded over a period of two years on various formats the album captured his live performances from various concerts worldwide. Nils also released his first published music book, entitled ‘Sheets Eins’ in this year.
In 2015 Nils announced Piano Day. An official body created by Nils and his closest friends to celebrate the piano and to house various and exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team was the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. In May 2015 Nils announced his first score release ‘Music for the Motion Picture Victoria’ for one-take feature film, ‘Victoria’ and went on to win the prestigious German film prize for ‘Best Soundtrack’. The soundtrack opens with an edit of ‘Burn With Me’ by German producer DJ Koze.
In August 2015 Nils announced his continued musical partnership with fellow artist Ólafur Arnalds which culminated with the release of their ‘Collaborative Works’ in October 2015 and included ‘Stare’ (2012) their very first recording together which took place in 2011 between Reykjavík and Berlin, featuring cellist Anne Müller. ‘Loon’ a synthesiser-led 5-track EP that was recorded in autumn 2014 across five days at Nils’s Durton Studio in Berlin. ‘Life Story Love And Glory’ (2015) a 2-track live improv affair on two pianos and ‘Trance Frendz’ (2015) the audio recording of their intimate 45-minute studio film.