Oliver Kent


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Oliver Kent
jazz pianist

Oliver Kent

German Version ...


born 1969 in Innsbruck,

1985/86: studies classical piano with his father Fuat Kent in Vorarlberg,

moves to Vienna 1987 to fully concentrate on the jazz piano, studies piano and music theory at the “Konservatorium der Stadt Wien”,

first engagements with internationally well-known musicians like Karl Ratzer, Art Farmer and Idris Muhammed,

between 1993 and 1995 spends one year in New York where he works amongst others with trumpet players Eddie Henderson and Valerie Ponomarev,

back to Vienna 1995 he becomes a constant member of the Austrian and European jazz scene, working with the following musicians:

Sheila Jordan, Leo Wright, David Friedman, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Mark Murphy, Howard Johnson, Lou Tabakin, Clark Terry, Allan Praskin, Delfayo Marsalis, Concert Jazz Orchestra Vienna, Jazz Big Band Graz, Gansch and Roses, Nuguyen Le, Ron McClure, Bobby Shew, Pete Yellin, Ingrid Jenson, Alvin Queen, Vincent Herring, Bobby Watson, Jim Pepper, The New York Voices, Take Six, Ed Neumeister, Warren Vache, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Don Menza, Patti Austin, John Hollenbeck, Theo Blackman, Kurt Elling, John Hendricks, Bennie Mauphin, Grant Steward, Dusko Goykowich, Benny Baily, Dzihan & Kamien, Marianne Mendt, Mario Gonzi, Herwig Gradischnig, Roman Schwaller, Jimmy Cobb, Johnny Griffin,Paulo Cardoso, Johannes Enders, Andy Scherrer, Franko Ambrosetti, Benny Golson, Ferdinand Powell


  • Hans Koller Preis 2002 – „sideman of the year“
  • Hans Koller Preis 2004 – „best CD of the year“
  • Winner of the “New German Jazzprize 2007” (with the Johannes Enders Quartet)


Since 2002 professorship for jazzpiano at the “Privatuniversität Konservatorium der Stadt Wien”

2007/08 Guestprofessorship at the „Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst“ in Graz

Numerous workshops in different countries