Franz von Chossy
„A superb mix of musical genres ranging from modern classical music to jazz which at times surprises with a tiny note of Eastern European folklore.“
-Christoph Giese, Der Westen 03/2013-
„With him magic on the keyboard is pure alchemy and a mix of the most different sounds. He has proved in various jazz combos that he can subtly create a delicate balance between Orient and Occident, between jazz, classical music and pop and that he manages to let shine light and darkness.
And that is exactly what he is doing in a melodious and charming way in his second opus.“
-Henning Bolte, Jazzthetik-
„Without a doubt Franz von Chossy has succeeded in creating a coherent piece of music which clearly stands out from the usual crossover jazz.“
-Christoph Giese, der Westen 02/2013-
“A wonderful album by a great pianist.“
-Dr. Peter Kleiß, Saarlaendischer Rundfunk 2-
Franz von Chossy was born in Munich, where he started playing the piano as a six-year-old. Through his mother he came to know classical music and his Ukrainian grandmother encouraged him to play folk music on the accordion. Von Chossy studied “Jazz Piano” at the conservatory of Amsterdam and in New York at the Manhattan School of Music. In New York Franz also took film composition classes with Edward Green.
He won the “Dutch Jazz Competition 2006" with his Trio because of his 'original, dynamic and often virtuoso (inter)play'. Franz won the "Best Soloist" award during the same competition for his 'subtle, spatial and personal play'. In 2009, he won 2nd prize in the international Montreux Jazz solo Piano Competition.
He has released four albums under his own name ("Awakening" 2006 - Challenge Records , "Pendulum" 2009 - Etcetera Records , "When the World Comes Home" 2012 - Jazzsick Records, "Life Theater" 2019, o-tone Music). He has performed in over 50 countries at some of the world’s most renowned venues.
Besides leading his own Trio and Quintet he has been an active member and composer of the cross-over project "Arifa", which has been awarded multiple times "best world music release made In The Netherlands"
"Franz von Chossy is dancing on the edges of stylistic perfection” (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
"A superb mix of musical genres ranging from modern classical music to jazz which at times surprises with a tiny note of Eastern European folklore.” (German Newspaper, Der Westen).
“Hauntingly beautiful” (Bruce Lindsay, Allaboutjazz.com)
“The Franz von Chossy Quintet belongs to the most fascinating and entertaining bands of the Netherlands." (Volkskrant, Tim Sprangers)
Franz collaborated with the likes of Chris Potter, Branford Marsalis, Thomas Morgan, Dan Weiss, Philipe Catherine, Aynur Doghan, Alex Simu, Pascal Schumacher, Magic Malik, Theodosii Spassov, Slobodan Trkulja.
„Von Chossy‘s jazzy, rhythmically vital manner of playing is compelling and he possesses an excellent technique. Another distinctive feature is that the musicians accompanying him can freely develop their individual style. (...).
Von Chossy fabricates melodious and harmonic snap shots, taking the listener on an almost meditative journey. A thrilling album of substance.‘
- Jazzpodium, 07/2012-
„Von Chossy borrows inspiration from modern melodious classical music, ranging from minimalism’s splitting of themes, chamber music’s compact violin sound to Grieg’s sadness in minor. The most important counterpoint to the by trend repetitive themes are three rhythmical outbursts by drummer Yonga Sun, thus creating structure and commentary and presenting an extraordinary and conclusive opus.“
Press Reviews about "When the World Comes Home"
Allaboutjazz CD Review of "When the World Comes Home (US)
Volkskrant CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" **** (NL)
Jazzism Interview/Feature about the Quintet (NL)
Jazzenzo Concert Review of "When the World Comes Home" **** (NL)
"Het Franz von Chossy Quintet behoort plotsklaps tot de boeiendste en leukste bands van Nederland."
Heaven CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (NL)
Nadelunch.com Interview/ Feature (NL)
Kunstgids CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (NL)
Draaiomjeoren Concert/ CD Review (NL)
Limburger Dagblad CD Review **** (NL)
Jazzthetik Interview/Feature about the Quintet (DE)
Jazz Podium CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (DE)
Jazz Thing CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (DE)
Leipziger Volkszeitung CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (DE)
Concerto CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" **** (AT)
InMusic CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" **** (DE)
Westzeit CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" Home **** (DE)
Soultrain CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (DE)
All my Music CD Review of "When the World Comes Home" (DE)
Skylife Interview Turkish Airlines Magazine (TR)
by Marie Claire Melzer (dutch)
by Klaus Huebner (german)
by Kees Helleman (dutch)
by Angelique van Os (dutch)
by Volkmar Joswig (german)
by Tim Sprangers (dutch)
Franz von Chossy
(in dutch, by Ken Vos))
Naar Awakening is Pendulum het tweede trioalbum van Franz von Chossy. Met Bassist Clemens van der Feen en drummer Paul Wiltgen vormt hij een soepele eenheid die vooral qua dynamiek imponeert...≠
(in dutch, by Henning Bolte)
Hij heeft al in diverse groepen laten horen hoe soepel hij delicate balansen van Oost en West, klassiek en jazz, klassiek en pop kan creëren. Dat is ook wat hij nu welluidend en charmerend in zijn opus 2 doet. Hij blijft verbazen waar – naast verleidelijke pop-motieven - zijn klassieke invallen opduiken (veel Johann Sebastian, af en toe Wolfgang, Frederic en nog veel meer) en hoe hij elegant bochten en hoeken neemt die verrassende in- uit- en vergezichten openen waar de klankenflora welig tiert...
(in german, by Hans-Jürgen van Osterhausen)
Die 11 Titel der neuen Aufnahme zeigen einen sehr eingenständigen, virtuosen und gleichermassen ausdrucksstarken jungen Pianisten, eine grosse Bereicherung der europäischen Szene...