I was born in Karlshamn, growing up in Olofström, a small town in Blekinge, Sweden.
I took piano lessons from my grandmother at the age of 9. I learned some hymns and Swedish folksongs. She was a school teacher and a church musician by heart and profession and a better teacher couldn´t be found anywhere. Later my neighbor, who played the guitar, just across the street, showed me how to play the standards ”Alice In Wonderland” and ”Black Orpheus. We played these tunes together and this was really amazing!
Music High School in Malmö, Sweden
Malmö University of Music. I got the degree Master of Fine Arts in Jazz music. My teachers in university was, among others, the legendary Horace Parlan and Håkan Rydin, both great jazz musicians. Sibelius Academy, holder of a scholarship (1994).
Living and working in Sandviken, playing with the great Sandviken Big Band I played the piano there for 12 years , meeting soloists like Rob McConnell , Ray Anderson, Georgie Fame, Deborah Brown, Malena Ernman, Svante Thuresson and many more superb musicians and artists.
I recorded the cd ”The Zoo Escape” with the jazz trio named LES3. Before doing the recording, we played with lots of famous Swedish musicians , for example Krister Andersson, Mattias Windemo, Fredrik Nordström and Jan Allan, just to name a few.
Playing with Trio Askeladd, a trio, that consist of Odd Inge Gjelsnes on trumpet and Geir Anfinsen on trombone , two great musicians from Norway . We recorded the cd ”Trio Askeladd” , where we played our own kind of world music which got very nice critics in both national and international press.
Working with the group DUOJBrazil and touring with the great guitarist and composer Magno Alexandre. I visited Brasil in 2011 playing in Belo Horisonte and in Rio.Back home we recorded with DUOJBrazil the debut album ”Bipbip”, released in the spring of 2012
I record the album ”Bonita” which consists of myself playing original songs, Jazz standards, folksongs and beyond. Released in April 2012.
Holder of scholarship from Göranssons Culture Fund, pre paring new music for the group DUOJBrazil and other constellations.
During the autumn Niklas will perform 4 solopiano concerts every month named "Musik Kanalen" in Sandviken with music spanning from early stride/swing and Broadway-classics of the 20th´s to different music styles from Brazil as samba, choro, and baião.
To watch the program: Program