'The pianist, composer and arranger Andreas Schmidt was born in 1967 in Berlin. He took piano lessons from the age of 13 and also saxophone lessons from age 16. In 1987 he met the Japanese pianist Aki Takase and the American pianist Walter Norris, both of whom taught him and encouraged him to devote himself to the piano. At this time he began to compose. Numerous TV and concert appearances in Germany followed. He has worked with his own groups, including such artists as Céline Rudolph, Horst Nonnenmacher, Jan von Klewitz, Paul Imm and Christian Kögel. In 1994 Andreas Schmidt met up with the famous alto saxophone player Lee Konitz - the co-founder of Cool Jazz - with whom he later released the CD Haiku. In 1995 Andreas Schmidt was awarded a composition scholarship by the Berlin Senate and spent six months in New York working with Jim Black, Jane Ira Bloom, D. D. Jackson, Suzie Ibarra and Joe Fiedler, amongst others. There he also met the pianist Paul Bley, who encouraged collaboration with the bass player Gary Peacock. Their joint project, the CD Berlin, was released in 1999. Schmidt's regular appearances in the A-Trane jazz club in Berlin made it possible for him to work with David Friedman, Mark Murphy, Steve Davis, Jasper van..t Hof, Till Brönner, Peter Fessler, Judy Niemack, Peter Weniger, Paul Brody and many other colleagues. In 2001 Minor Music produced the first of three albums of the Lisa Bassenge Trio, in which Andreas Schmidt is pianist, arranger and musical director. Tours with the Katja Riemann Octet and a world tour with Ute Lemper followed. In 2004 he was awarded the Jazz Performance Prize of the Karl Hofer Society. In addition, Andreas works as piano teacher and coach at the Academy of Music 'Hanns Eisler' Berlin.'-Andreas Schmidt MySpace page.