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Dan Popek masterfully combines jazz with classical music, boogie woogie and pop music. Paired with charismatic entertainment, the pianist 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. His first CD, 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 Barbara Dennerlein, Abi Wallenstein, Axel Zwingenberger, Joja Wendt as well as Grammy Award winner Cory Henry and the Spider Murphy Gang. His current album, The Shout, was released in February 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).
In 2017 he performed at the International Jazz Festival in Vienna among Herbie Hancock, Ludovico Einaudi and Helge Schneider, to name but a few. In 2018 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 jazz festivals. In 2019 he was invited to the International Dixieland Festival in Dresden, an initiative which originates with Karlheinz Drechsel; there he performed for thousands of people on the main stage. A special honour was his award with the well appreciated prize of the festival.
Dan Popek lives near Heidelberg, Germany.