Edwin Berg (Oss, Netherlands 1972) is today one of the young promises of Dutch jazz. He initiates early in music and piano, and after several years of playing, Edwin Berg wins the 1st prize of Yamaha Clavinova as a soloist in 1991. This same year he is accepted in the Conservatory of Utrecht in order to carry out his studies of classical music and jazz. Amongst his professors are internationally reknown pianists such as Bert van den Brink (former pianist of Dee Dee Bridgewater), Jasper van het Hof, Alexander Warenberg and Michiel Borstlap.
His appearance on the Dutch stages evolves almost at the same time as his studies. At the beginning of that period he formes the "Edwin Berg Trio" (1992). At the same period he records and plays in several formations and national and international projects, for this reason, he travelles to Russia, Belgium, Germany and Spain.
Starting from 1996 new professional highlights appear: he has the opportunity to play next to drummer Jeff Hammilton, he wins in 1997 with "Edwin Berg Trio" a fourth prize in the Competition International Jazz a Vienne (France), a little bit later he became semi-finalist in the Competition International Martial Solal de Jazz Piano (Paris) and he records the cd Scuse me with "Deborah J. Carter Quintet" in 1997. He concludes his studies of classical music and jazz in the same year, graduating Cum Laude on his final exam. The following year, in 1999, he releases the first cd with "Edwin Berg Trio", Debut: [live]! On the cd the compositions are for the most part his own and obtain a marvelous critic in the Dutch press.
Between 1999 and 2001 Edwin Berg is part of the group "Carolyn Breuer Quartet". Together they work intensely in Holland, Germany and Spain. He records with Carolyn the cd: Fate smiles on those who stay cool, also on this occasion the disk has a good welcome on the part of the international press. "Platina", one of the compositions by Edwin Berg for this cd, appears on the program "Willemsens Musikscene" of the German National Television.
In 2000 Edwin lives in New York for three months, thanks to a scholarship obtained through the Dutch government. There he plays and studies with well-known musicians. It is here, where his music acquires a more personal tone. When he returns, he meets Dutch saxophonist Jorg Kaaij and together they create the Edwin Berg Trio & Jorg Kaaij, with Steve Altenberg on drums and Guus Bakker on bass. The formation is a success and in this same year the quartet plays on North Sea Jazz Festival. The musical relationship with Jorg Kaaij is enriching for both artists and succeeds in recording Jorg's Debut cd, named "Downtown Daze", at the beginning of 2002. In this occasion the recording is carried out in New York, with the Americans Kurt Rosenwinkel on guitar, Carl Allen drums and Hans Glawischnig on bass.
In october 2001, and under this influence, he has recorded his second cd with his trio, "Water" . In this occasion the group is formed by Steve Altenberg on drums and Guus Bakker on bass. On some tracks there is the participations of the saxophonists Jorg Kaaij and Tom Beek, as invited artists. They present this cd on the Festival de Palma de Mallorca (Spain) "Nits a la fresca 2002", augustus 2002.
On the Concurso Internacional de Jazz de Granada 2002, "Water" is being awarded by an anonimous jury with the "Best European Jazz Band Award". The Award consists of a som of money, an international record-contract and a performance on the Festival de Jazz de Granada in november 2002. Press responds on the concert are very enthousiastic, using expressions like: "The concert was a revelation in terms of level and originality."
In march 2003 "Heartland", the latest recording of Edwin Berg Trio & Jorg Kaaij was officialy presented on a pressconference and a tour around Granada, organised by the organisation of the International Jazz Festival of Granada. On this recording the now in New York residing Steve Altenberg plays drums and Eric Surmenian, from Paris, double bass.
Later that year, Edwin Berg goes back to New York on a Dutch scolarship. Besides playing a lot with the local scene, people like Scott Lee, Chris Cheek, Michel Gentile, Elie Massias and Chris Higgins, he takes lessons with Kenny Werner. After meeting and playing with guitarist/singer Elie Massias, the latter invites him to join his group "Brooklyn Project" on their Spanish fall 2003 tour where they hit places like the Jazzcava in Terrassa and Jamboree in Barcelona. After finishing that tour, Berg plays a three week tour in Spain and Holland with his own band, presenting "Heartland". They play, amongst others at the reknowned "Bimhuis" in Amsterdam and are featured in the legendary national radioshow "Tros Sesjun"