Nicolai Thaerichen- Composer · Arranger · Pianist

Nicolai Thärichen
Pianist · Composer · Arranger

Born on December 30, 1969 in Berlin/Germany, studied piano at the Jazz-department of the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin with Walter Norris, Aki Takase, Kirk Nurock, David Friedman, Denney Goddhew and others.

2000-02 he extended his studies at the University of the Arts with Hubert Nuß and Jim McNeely (piano), and with Jim Knapp and Maria Schneider (composition and arrangement).

He composed und arranged for the Bigband of the Hessische Rundfunk (state radio station in Frankfurt), the German Youth Jazzorchestra (BuJazzo), for the Jazzorchestra of the UdK Berlin with Maria Schneider and Bobby McFerrin, for the Berlin Youth Jazzorchestra and first and foremost for his own band „Thärichens Tentett“.

Since 1993 Nicolai has been working with the singer Michael Schiefel, with whom he founded the band "Thärichens Tentett" in 1999. This ten-piece-band performs his original compositions, mostly songs set on poems by artists like Dorothy Parker, Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy and Ronald D. Laing.

Since 1993 Nicolai has been working with the singer Michael Schiefel, with whom he founded the band "Thärichens Tentett" in 1999. This ten-piece-band performs his original compositions, mostly songs set on poems by artists like Dorothy Parker, Lord Byron, Thomas Hardy and Ronald D. Laing.

Since its formation, 'the creme of Berlin's young Jazz scene’ (Berliner Tagesspiegel) around Nicolai Thärichen has published four CD..s, its debut “Lady Moon” (2001 Minor Music) was soon labelled 'excellent' (Jazzthing), 'this year's most stunning German record’ (Die Welt) or 'the embodiment of 21st century jazz' (jazzlabel.de) by the critics.

The tentet’s third CD “Grateful” (Minor Music) is dedicated to its main lyricist, the Scottish psychiatrist Ronald D. Laing. It was released in November 2005 and received rave reviews: 'Thärichen's Tentett delivers the most felicitous compositions, the most polished arrangements, as well as the most humorous presentation of all larger German jazz groups. Last but not least because of Michael Schiefel’s performance, Germany’s most talented contemporary Jazz singer.’ (Süddeutsche Zeitung) Their DVD “Live at A-Trane” appeared in 2006, the fourth CD "Farewell Songs" was released in September 2009.

Since 1998 Nicolai has been teaching piano at „ Hanns Eisler Conservatory Of Music" in Berlin, piano and theory at the „Berliner Landesmusikakademie“ and since 2003 Jazz-arrangement at the University of the Arts (Universität der Künste) in Berlin.

2004-2005 he conducted the Berlin Youth Jazzorchestra (BJJO), and toured to Los Angeles with his own bigband-program in 2005. In the same year he taught composition and performed his music with the bigband of the Conservatory Of Music and Theatre in Hannover. Since 2006 he has been teaching piano and arrangement at the „Jazz Institute Berlin“ (JIB) and composition, arrangement and theory at the "Franz Liszt Conservatory Of Music" in Weimar.