About me

1959 – born in Bremen.
Lessons in classical piano from the age of six.
Jazz piano beginning at the age of thirteen; self-taught.
1980-1985 – fine arts education at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin; private jazz piano lessons with Prof. Walter Norris, among others.
1985 – MFA in painting. Began working exclusively as a professional jazz musician.
1992 – increasing involvement with composition.
1995 – New York grant from the Berlin Council on Cultural Affairs; private lessons with Kenny Werner.

The Christian von der Goltz Trio has toured numerous countries through the Goethe Institute, including Turkey (Istanbul, Izmir, Ankara); Israel (Tel Aviv and Jerusalem); St. Petersburg, Russia; Helsinki, Finnland; Tallinn, Estonia; Toronto, Canada (Toronto Jazz Festival); Nancy, France (Nancy Pulsations Festival).

Bandleader, composer, and arranger for numerous singers and instrumentalists (Dotschy Reinhardt, Miriam Netti, David Rose, Iris Romen). Played with Axel Dörner, Carlos Bica, Johan Leijonhufvud, Giorgio Crobu, John Schröder, Rudi Mahall, Ed Schuller, Pepe Berns, Frank Möbus, Jan von Klewitz, Henrik Walsdorf, Heinrich Köbberling, Danny Gottlieb, Stanley Sulzmann, Eliot Zigmund, Dejan Terzic, Thomas Alkier, Paul Imm, Felix Wahnschaffe, Spike Robinson, Till Brönner, Claes Jansson, Coco Schumann…

Teaching experience:
Since 1995 – teacher in jazz piano and co-repetition at the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB).
2011–2018 – teacher for jazz piano at the Hochschule für Musik “Franz Liszt” in Weimar.