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Mathias Heise


Mathias Heise is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading harmonica players. He was born in 1993 in Rødovre, just outside Copenhagen, Denmark where he started playing harmonica at the age of seven, and a few years later he also took up piano and keyboards.

He was the first student to enter Rhythmic Music Conservatory in Copenhagen with harmonica as his main instrument. As a performer, composer and arranger he excels in several styles. Jazz is his main focus but he is often performing with some of the greatest song writers and classical musicians of today. Through his pioneering work, Mathias has received several awards for his artistry including 1st Prize at the 2013 Chromatic Harmonica World Champion, New Jazz Star of The Year in Denmark for the year 2015, and in March 2017 Mathias was awarded the Ben Webster Prize, as the youngest artist ever to receive that honour. He and his band Mathias Heise Quadrillion were nominated Best New Jazz Act at Danish Music Awards in 2016.

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