Jasper van ’t Hof is a pianist and composer. He is widely known for his virtuosic technique on the keyboard, and is one of the most active jazz musicians in Europe. His natural curiosity has seen him become one of the leading innovators in the European jazz scene, on both grand and electric piano, as well as on the synthesizer and church organ. It also enabled him to eschew the restrictions of a single style, allowing him to roam freely between bebop, free jazz, groove, jazz-rock, fusion, pop and world music. He’s been named best jazz pianist in Europe by international jazz magazines on several occasions, and has more than 500 compositions and almost 80 recordings to his name. Van ’t Hof taught himself to play, and found international fame at the age of 20 with Pierre Courbois’ jazz-rock group Association P.C. He made such an impression that he was invited to play with musicians such as Archie Shepp and to join the pool of leading European pianists known as the Piano Conclave (which included such jazz notables as George Grüntz and Keith Jarrett). His collaborations with Charlie Mariano led to the formation of the group Pork Pie, which also included the guitarist Philip Catherine, the drummer Aldo Romano and the double bass player Jean-François Jenny-Clark, and the band played to packed houses across Europe. His pioneering spirit led to his innovative fusion of western jazz and African music in the 1980s. Pili Pili, the band that provided the vehicle for this fusion, won him great acclaim for decades, and provided a platform for emerging talent. Jasper van ’t Hof’s schedule as a solo and ensemble performer remains as full as ever, with appearances abroad and, increasingly, right here in the Netherlands. Excerpt from the jury’s report: ‘Jasper van ’t Hof receives the award in recognition of his impressive oeuvre, stemming from a fifty-year career as a performing artist. For decades, whether playing piano, synthesizer or any other form of keyboard, Van ’t Hof has continually revealed himself to be the perfect embodiment of the genre-transcending performer and composer.’