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Dan Popek (* 1996) masterfully combines jazz with classical, boogie woogie and pop music. Paired with charismatic entertainment, the pianist – who can play anything – brings you a brilliant piano recital like you have never experienced before…
Popek is known for his outstanding virtuosity and is referred to as the ‘Mozart of Boogie Woogie’. He started playing the piano at the age of four. In 2012 he performed at the Hamburg Boogie Woogie Connection at the legendary Fabrik. His first album, 88 Keys & Me, was released in 2013. Immediately he won the Yamaha promotion award twice. From then on he played with international greats such as Abi Wallenstein, Axel Zwingenberger, Joja Wendt, Silvan Zingg as well as Cory Henry and the Spider Murphy Gang.
His second album, The Shout, was released in 2016. This album also led to much international interest in his work. In the same year he was asked to appear on German TV for the first time (SWR). A special honour was the Jazz Fest Vienna 2017 where he played at the Jazzland with Martin Pyrker. In 2018 he had a solo concert at Hamburg’s famous jazz club, the Cotton Club. Popek was a member of the jury in the final Casio/Bechstein piano competition ‘Talent Days’ in Hamburg, and he wrote a soundtrack for a promotion video by Casio Music.
Popek played on the world’s great stages, e.g., in Old Opera, Frankfurt, in the Reduta Jazz Club in Prague and at prominent music festivals. In 2019 he was invited to the International Dixieland Festival in Dresden, an initiative which originates with Karlheinz Drechsel. In Dresden he performed in front of 3000 people on the main stage (Junge Garde). Further, he was awarded the renowned festival prize. His current album, The Best of Live, was released in October 2019.
In 2019 Popek played at the Wetzlarer Festspiele with Anke Helfrich and Jan Luley. In memory of the 50th anniversary of the International Dixieland Festival 2020 he performed at the Seebühne Dresden among stars such as Jan Josef Liefers, the Prague Royal Philharmonic and the Dresden Symphony Orchestra, to name but a few.