Gregor Huebner

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Born in Stuttgart in 1967, Gregor Huebner began studying piano and violin at the age of six. In 1994 he moved to New York to earn his MA degree in jazz piano/composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he received a “President’s Award”.

In September 1997 his compositions “New York Stories” and “In Memoriam Bela” were recorded with Richie Beirach and the chamber orchestra Philharmonia Virtuosi for Mediaphon. “New York Stories” was also performed in April 2004 by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In the last 10 years the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has premiered many of his compositions, and together with the chamber choir of the state Baden Württemberg has recorded the CD “FigureJazz” which features his composition “Le Miroire du’n Moment”. His latest works are “Bach21”, commissioned by the Intentional Bachakademie in Stuttgart and performed at the European Music festival 2005, and “Buxtehude 21”, commissioned and performed by the Buxtehude society in Luebeck 2007. As a leader he has released “Panonien”, “Januschke’s Time” and his latest release “New York-NRG Quartet” on the Niveau label.  In 1998 he received the Jazz award of the state Baden Württemberg.

As a composer and founding member of the musical theater group “Tango Five” he has toured throughout Germany and performed at the World Exhibitions in Sevilla 1992 and Hannover 2000, the Olympic Games in Athens 2004, as well as Tango Festivals in Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Together with the bandoneon master Raul Jaurena, Huebner was a soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the 1998 Tango Festival in Los Angeles.

His decade long collaboration with jazz pianist Richie Beirach has produced many CDs, including “Snow Leopard” and the widely acclaimed Beirach/Huebner duo “Duality”. “Around Frederik Mompou”, released by the ACT Company, was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2002. Huebner has appeared on Jazz festivals in Cork (Ireland), Tiblisi (Georgia), Montreux, New York (JVC, Bell Atlantic), Stuttgart (Jazz Open) and Porto (Portugal). He performed at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, NY Jazz club Birdland,the Berlin Philharmonic, Frauenkirche in Dresden, Gewandhaus Leipzig and traveled to Southeast Asia, Japan, Russia, Columbia, Mexico, Hawaii, Spain.  As a sideman he worked for Johnny Almendra and “Los Jovenes del Barrio”, Harvie S., Juan Carlos Formell and “Son Radical”, Diane Reeves, Joe Zawinul and many others.

Gregor’s most recent project is a collaboration with producer Ricky Lake and director Abby Epstein in the movie “The Business of Being Born”.  Gregor not only wrote the some of the movie’s score, but his wife’s home birth of their daughter Naima is shown on camera.

See Gregor at www.gregorhuebner.de

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