Klaus Ignatzek, born in 1954, has been rated as belonging to the leading pianists of the European Jazz scene in recent years. As a pianist, composer and bandleader he acquired international recognition and acknowledgement by his audience as well as his critics. His brilliant skill, his distinct style and energizing inspiration characterize his music.
Performing with changing international formations, among them musicians like Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone), Dave Liebman (soprano saxophone), Bobby Watson (alto saxophone), Billy Hart (drums), Claudio Roditi (trumpet), Martin Wind (bass), Gustavo Bergalli (trumpet), Jean-Louis Rassinfosse (bass), Ron McClure (bass), Kenny Washington (durms), Peter Washington (bass), Jay Ashby (trombone), Phil Abraham (trombone), Roman Schwaller (saxophone), Dick de Graaf (saxophone), John Engels (drums), Jorge Rossy (drums), Adam Cruz (drums), Hans Dekker (drums), Bruno Castellucci (drums), Felix Simtaine (drums), Chip White (drums), Florian Poser (vibraphone), Anca Parghel (vocal), Dieter Ilg (bass), Joris Dudli (drums), Mario Gonzi (drums), he proved his ability as a composer of exciting themes.
As a bandleader, Klaus Ignatzek can be heard on over 40 records. More than 150 of his compositions are documented on various mediums. This certainly allows him to be ranked among one of the most productive jazz pianist of his generation.
Further Klaus Ignatzek was able to make himself a name outside of Europe through several concerts and productions, a privilege only shared by very few German jazz pianists.
He made recordings for several labels, including "Candid Records" (GB), "Red Records" (I). "Timeless" (NL), "Four Leaf Clover" (S) and television productions for "Super Channel", Swiss Television ("Jazz in Concert"), for "3 SAT", "ARTE" and "WDR" in Germany, as well as productions in Rumania, Belgium and Croatia.
His concerts brought him to cities, like Amsterdam, Bilbao, Brussels, Genoa, London, Rome, Cracow, Prague, Paris, Sibiu, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Vienna, Zagreb and Zurich.
In 1991 Klaus Igantzek's creative achievements were awarded with the "Niedersachsische Kunstlerstipendium" ("The Lower-Saxony Scholarship for Artists").
His jazz piano schools "Die Jazzmethode fur Klavier" ("The Jazz Method for Piano") and "Jazz Blues Piano" were pubished by Schott-Verlag and ConBrio in 1995 and 1998. These two schools reflect his acquired knowledge from over twenty years of experience in teaching.