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IVO NEAME BIOGRAPHY

Ivo Neame is an internationally renowned pianist, composer, and bandleader who has established himself as one of the most innovative and dynamic figures in the contemporary jazz scene. He regularly collaborates with ensembles as diverse as the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the London Sinfonietta.  He is best known for his work with the award-winning bands Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet, as well as collaborations with numerous other artists, including Hermeto Pascoal, Kenny Wheeler and Gilad Hekselman. Ivo's music is characterised by a stunning mix of virtuosity, sophistication, and playfulness, and his performances are known for their dynamic energy and emotional depth. His ninth album under his own name “Live at Turner Sims” was released on Whirlwind Recordings in September 2023. In 2023 he was also made ‘artist-in-residence’ with the Cologne Contemporary Jazz Orchestra.

 

“Ivo Neame is one of the very best jazz pianists on the UK scene”

BANDCAMP DAILY

 

“That Neame is one of the most interesting jazz pianists of his generation may be clear. That he is getting better and better is too. The 10 years of almost constant touring has given him a prominent role in the front line of British jazz”

WRITTEN IN JAZZ

Awards and honours include:

Album of the year 2010 - Jazzwise Magazine

(Phronesis)

 

Album of the year 2010 - MOJO Magazine

(Phronesis)

 

Best Jazz Act 2011 - MOBO Awards

(Kairos Quartet)

 

UK Jazz Instrumentalist of the year 2012 (nominated)

Jazz FM Awards

 

Jazz Ensemble of the year 2017 – Parliamentary Jazz Awards

(Phronesis)

 

Jazz Composition for Small Ensemble 2018 (nominated) – BASCA Composer Awards

 

Jazz Composition for Large Ensemble 2021 (nominated) – IVORS Composer Awards

 

Ivo is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Associate Member of PRS and a Professor of Jazz Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a member of the Featured Artists’ Coalition and a member of the Ivors Academy Jazz Committee.

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