“…a compelling writer and lateral-thinking pianist…contemplative…playing both inside and outside the box, his delicate lines like gentle raindrops…” ALL ABOUT JAZZ
“Potentially the most interesting South African pianist!” Mail and Guardian
“…its a joy to notice Petersen’s roots and his formidable piano playing!’ Nettavisen (Norway)
Andre Petersen is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s most sought after pianists and educators. Andre is recipient of numerous classical music and jazz music awards including first prize in the Old Mutual Jazz Encounters Competition, first prize in the SAMRO Overseas Piano Scholarship Competition, the Oppenheimer Overseas Scholarship, and he is recipient of the Vuya Foundation Scholarship Award. Participating at the prestigious Parisian 2011 Concours de Piano-jazz Martial Solal Competition as the only African pianist to be selected from 68 international pianists, Andre received a Special Mention Award.
His recording and performance credits include working with Grammy nominee, US vibraphonist Stefon Harris, Reggie Washington, Dave Liebman, Marcus Strickland, Dave Young, Morten Halle, Jazz Jamaica (UK) featuring Soweto Kinch, Denys Baptiste, members of the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra and the Norwegian Avant Garde band Soyr. Petersen has also worked with some of South Africa’s leading musicians, including, Winston Mankunku, Makaya Mtshoko, Feya Faku, Robbie Jansen, Judith Sephuma, Jimmy Dludlu and many others.
Andre has had numerous celebrated performances at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, Standard Bank Grahamstown Festival and the Joy of Jazz Festival, and has performed internationally at the IAJE Conference, New York, with legendary saxophonist and educator Dave Liebman and Dr Mike Rossi; the Oslo International Jazz Festival (Norway) as well as jazz festivals in Italy, France, Holland, Sweden, Switzerland, Mexico and Japan. Andre has performed as guest soloist with the Grammy nominated group Zap Mama in France, Italy, Norway and Belgium. Furthermore, he has performed in multiple concerts with the Morten Halle Group in Norway and Sweden. Appearing with his own jazz quintet at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, featuring award-winning jazz artists such as New York saxophonist Marcus Strickland, South African vocalist Chantal Willie, US bassist Reggie Washington and Belgian drummer Dre Pallemaerts, their performance was received with much critical acclaim on South African magazine programmes Pasella, Hectic – Ninety 9 (SABC 2) and on the Taxi Show with television personality Soli Philander.
While residing in Europe (2010-2011), Andre completed a Masters Degree in Jazz Piano Studies, at the prestigious Lemmens Institute, Belgium, graduating Cum Laude. Before this period, he completed studies in Classical Piano at the University of Cape Town and the University of South Africa. Petersen has facilitated the Training and Development Component (Workshops/Master classes) at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival; conducted lectures and workshops at the Norwegian Jazz Forum Summer Seminar (2004-2006); and master classes at the Oslo Academy of Music (Norway). Furthermore, he held posts as piano lecturer at the University of Cape Town, the University of Stellenbosch and the UWC Performing Arts Centre.
His latest album is the groundbreaking two piano album, Where Worlds Collide, with award winning New York based classical pianist Kathleen Tagg, launching in USA and Europe in 2017.
Also due for the release this year (2016) his second album with Norwegian saxphonist Morten Halle, featuring special guest Feya Faku.
Andre is currently on the faculty of the Wits School of The Arts, University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg.