Hans Lüdemann, born 1961 in Hamburg, studied Classical piano at the Hamburg conservatory and Jazz piano at the Musikhochschule Köln and the Banff Centre/Canada. In Köln he obtained the first Jazz masters degree in Germany. Hans Lüdemann‘s motivation always was and still is the realization of his own creative ideas, compositions, projects and improvisations that have been in his focus from childhood on. This handwriting characterizes his groups TRIO IVOIRE and ROOMS as well as his piano solo programs. Interest in musical encounters brought him in touch with musicians and music of Africa and made him a „Wanderer between the worlds“. He developed preparations for the piano, new playing techniques for the historic Clavichord and expands the acoustic piano sound with electronic piano samples to a microtonal „virtual piano“.
Hans Lüdemann`s international career started in 1985 in the group of Eberhard Weber with Jan Garbarek, later he worked with a number of world class musicians, among them Paul Bley (duo CD), Chiwoniso, Toumani Diabaté, Marc Ducret, Mark Feldman, Sol Gabetta, Dobet Gnahore, hR Jazzensemble, Lee Konitz, Albert Mangelsdorff, Phil Minton and Heinz Sauer. As a solo pianist and with his ensembles, Lüdemann has performed worldwide and is a regular guest on international concert stages and festivals, also working for radio and tv. Performances include portrait concerts at the Musiktriennale Köln, appearances at the Bachfest Leipzig, Offbeat Festival Basel, Münchner Klaviersommer, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, HIFA Festival Harare, Delhi Jazz Yatra, „Vues d‘Afrique“/Montreal, concerts in the „Haus der Kulturen“/Berlin, the Prague Philharmonic, the New York Knitting Factory, the „Tonhalle“ Düsseldorf and the „Teatro Amadeo Roldan“ in Havana/Cuba.
Lüdemann has created works from solo to orchestral music and received commissions to compose for the hR Jazzensemble Frankfurt, WDR, NDR bigband, Steinway & Sons and Kunststiftung NRW. Lüdemann‘s music is documented on over 20 CDs for renowned record labels, among them „Aphorisms“ (1990), „Futurism“ (1997), „Mysterious Call“ (2001), „Touching Africa“ (2006), „Rooms“ (2010) and three piano solo CDs. In 2012 his biggest project so far, „die kunst des trios“, was released as a 5-CD-box and received the „ECHO Jazz award 2013“. In 2014/15 he received the federal composition grant of the „Konrad Adenauer-Stiftung. In 2013, Lüdemann founded and directed the „T.E.E. Ensemble“, the new French-German Jazz Ensemble, initiated by the Goethe institute. In 2015, the new solo CD „das reale Klavier“ is released and a book of piano etudes, the „Rhythmische Etüden“ will also be published.
In 2002, Lüdemann was invited on a journey to Africa with German President Johannes Rau. He was appointed member of the Federal jury composition for the Villa Massimo from 2003 - 2007. He taught Jazz piano and ensemble at the Musikhochschule Köln from 1993 - 2008, directed the „Creative Jazz Workshop“ at the European Academy Montepulciano/Italy 2001 - 2007, the „JeuneJazzJam Paris-Köln“ of the Musikhochschule Köln and CSNDP Paris in 2008 and taught as „Cornell Visiting Professor“ at Swarthmore College/USA in 2009/2010 and again in 2015/16. Hans Lüdemann lives as a pianist and composer in Hoffnungsthal near Köln, Germany.