Olivia trummer Biography

Olivia Trummer hails from a musicians' family and started studying classical piano at age 4, learning all music by ear at first. Soon after she became passionate about improvising and composing as well.

After developing her skills in this field autodidactically at first, she studied both Jazz Piano and Classical Piano at the University of Music in Stuttgart and graduated with distinction.
Equipped with a full scholarship of the DAAD, she went on to pursue a Master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City and spent formative years dividing her time between New York City and Berlin after her return. Olivia has earned various awards and scholarships (five National Awards at "Jugend musiziert" 1999-2003, Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service 2008/09, German Quarterly Critics’ Choice Award 3/2008, Art Foundation Baden-Württemberg 2010, Bruno-Frey Foundation 2010, Jazz Award Ingolstadt 2014) and received funding from Initiative Musik and Bayer Kultur in Leverkusen (as their "stART" Jazz Artist 2013-2016).

Olivia mostly appears as a bandleader of her own projects and has performed her original music in many countries including Germany, USA, Austria, Ireland, England, Italy, France, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia and even Saudi Arabia.
She has appeared in concert venues like Carnegie Hall, The Jazz Standard (NYC), Konzerthaus (Berlin), Konzerthaus and "Porgy & Bess" (Vienna), The National Concert Hall (Dublin), "Pizza Express Live" (London) and Schloss Elmau. She has been invited to perform at jazz festivals such as the London Jazz Fest, the "12points" Festival and the "Cork Guiness Jazz Festival" in Ireland, "Panorama Music Festival" in Italy, the "Solo Piano Festival" in Prague, the "Theaterhaus Jazz Festival" in Stuttgart and the "Jazz Festival Ingolstadt" as well as classical music festivals such as "Ludwigsburg Festival", "Dome Festival Magdeburg", "Bachfest Stuttgart" and "Fränkischer Sommer".

Since October 2016, Olivia is also touring with Kurt Rosenwinkel as a member of his new project "Caipi". Further collaborations include the NDR Big Band, Jimmy Cobb, Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire, Bobby McFerrin, Wolfgang Haffner, Bodek Janke, Martin Gjakonovski, Nicola Angelucci, Matteo Bortone, Jean-Lou Treboux, Roland Guerin, Roland Satterwhite, Sebastian Studnitzky, Matthias Schriefl and Zelia Fonseca.

Olivia so far possesses a discography of six albums with her original compositions, featuring herself as a pianist, composer, vocalist, songwriter and bandleader. Her fifth album "Fly Now" (2014) was recorded in New York with Matt Penman, Obed Calvaire and special guest Kurt Rosenwinkel. Fly Now received international acclaim, particularly in the UK. Olivia was chosen as one of the "Artists To Look Out For" by Jazzwise Magazine, establishing that her music "shares the same sense of joyousness and wonder of that of her contemporary, Esperanza Spalding“.
For her sixth album "C2J – Classical to Jazz One" (2015) Olivia went back to her roots: Acknowledging the intensive and open-minded Classical Piano education she had received, she approached selected piano works by Scarlatti, Bach and Mozart from a jazz perspective. Apart from Olivia’s Singer-/Songwriter influenced Vocal Jazz work, “Classical To Jazz” represents another branch in her musical spectrum that she seeks to develop further.

It will find it’s continuation in the new project “Händel: Rejoice, rejazz!”, presenting Olivia’s re-arrangements of Händel works with a quintet featuring Tim Garland, Gerard Presencer, Phil Donkin and Nicola Angelucci (to be premiered in June 2017 at the Händel Festival in Halle).