Holger 2020

Holger Marjamaa, 27, was born in Tallinn, Estonia and raised in a musical family. From an early age Marjamaa demonstrated precocious musical interest and talent, able to imitate, sing and play well-known classical pieces and jazz standards. Marjamaa began formally studying classical piano at the age of 5 in Tallinn Music High School under Aleksandra  Juozapėnaitė-Eesmaa and jazz piano at the age of 7 in Saue Music School. He continued his studies at Estonian Music Academy and Theatre and Sibelius Academy. As a professional, Marjamaa has performed with Dennis Chambers, Lizz Wright, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Riley, Steve Wilson, Mike Phillips, Jukkis Uotila, Lee Ritenour, Mark Gross, Chris Botti, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra etc. Holger holds many awards in both jazz and classical piano performance, including: first prize in Estonia’s Rainbow Jazz Competition (Tartu, Estonia; 2006); Grand Prix at the XXIV International Jazz Piano Competition (Vilnius, Lithuania; 2013); second prize at the II International Tallinn Piano Competition (Tallinn, Estonia; 2011), third prize at the International F.Chopin Piano Competition (Narva, Estonia; 2009); and the Young Estonian Jazz Talent Award (Tallinn, Estonia; 2013). Marjamaa was also a semifinalist in the 2018 Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia, venues as Lincoln Centre (Dizzy’s Club), Mezzrow Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Blue Note Tokyo etc. Marjamaa’s musical career has le him to New York City, where he studied in the Masters program at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music. A talent all grown up, Marjamaa is now an in-demand jazz pianist in both Europe and abroad.