Alex Koo IFO (BE/HU/US)
Belgian-Japanese pianist and composer Alex Koo is currently making a name for himself as a promising young talent on the European jazz scene. Recenly, his CD ‘Appleblueseagreen‘, with American icons Ralph Alessi and Mark Turner, was praised by Downbeat Jazz Magazine and included in their list of ‘Best Albums of 2019‘, with 4 stars and the mention ” Stunningly original “ (Clever Tree Records, March 2019). Jazzism also praised his album with no less than four and a half stars: “Beautiful, touching, elevating“.
In his home country, the young pianist has steadily earned a status as an upcoming super talent, having been awarded with first prizes in the Prinses Christina Competition (NL), the SABAM B-Jazz Composition Award (BE), a Fulbright Award-Music Fellowship (USA-BE) and a Prins Bernhard Culture Prize (NL).
He has been complimented and praised by some of the scene’s biggest icons, such as Kurt Elling, Kenny Werner and Brad Mehldau and has studied with masters of the trade, such as Kris Goessens, Kenny Werner, Craig Taborn, Barry Harris and Jakob Bro.
Alex also performed all over the world, from Europe to the U.S. to Japan, with numerous internationally established artists, such as: Mark Turner, Kurt Elling, Ralph Alessi, Peter Bernstein, Benjamin Herman, Bert Joris, Mike Mainieri, John Ruocco, Jasper Blom, Martijn Vink, Dré Pallemaerts, …
2021 will see the release of Alex’ new project IFO featuring Attila Gyárfás on drums and electronics and Ralph Alessi on trumpet