Urs Bollhalder

“More people are playing jazz and improvised music than ever before, but special musicians are as rare as ever. Urs is one of those special musicians, both as a player and composer. He has the kind of creative sparks, technique, originality and love of music that we need more than ever, both in the music and the wider world in general.”
Ronan Guilfoyle

On tour



Urs Bollhalder was born on May 28 1981, in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He played the trumpet, piano and the guitar already at an early age. Being exposed to a vast amount of music of a very diverse stylistic heritage he was studying  the rich tradition of classical music as well as jazz improvisation. From the very beginning he was attracted not only by performing and interpreting music but also very much by composing music himself.

At the age of 16 he was the youngest member of the Swiss Youth Jazz Orchestra, where he played with guest soloists like Randy Brecker, Bob Berg and Franco Ambrosetti. Before that he had already played a vast amount of concerts inside and outside of Switzerland and had written several commissioned compositions for Big Bands and Choirs as well as solo piano pieces in the classical vein.

His fascination for the piano grew steadily. Urs had already received piano lessons for several years, until in his mid teens he finallly decided to dedicate himself entirely to becoming a pianist.

In June 2006 Urs Bollhalder graduated from the jazz department of the Hochschule Luzern with highest marks and distinction. He was awarded a prize by the Friedl-Wald Foundation as well as one by the Ida & Albert Flersheim Foundation. Urs Bollhalder studied in Lucerne with a.o. Jean Paul Brodbeck, Elena Szirmai, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Hans Feigenwinter and Christoph Stiefel.



The Gebbeth

Chamber Ensemble, Orchestral Soundtrack
This piece was composed for the Transfiguration Art Ensemble as ...

Into the Heart of the Forest

Orchestral Soundtrack
"When you enter a grove peopled with ancient trees, higher ...

Max Payne meets Max Mara

Chamber Ensemble
This is a piece I wrote for my Transfiguration Art ...


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