… beginnt bereits im Alter von vier Jahren, Klavier zu spielen. Noch vor dem Abitur spielt er Konzerte im In- und Ausland unter eigenem Namen. Der Preisträger von „Jugend jazzt“ hat zwei eigene CDs veröffentlicht und gehört zu den auserwählten „hoffnungsvollsten New Talents der deutschen Jazzszene“ (Internationales Jazzfestival „Jazz Lights“ Oberkochen). Zahlreiche Auftritte mit Musikergrößen wie Abi Wallenstein, Axel Zwingenberger, Joja Wendt oder der Spider Murphy Gang sowie seine zweifache Auszeichnung mit dem Yamaha Förderpreis prägen seine bisherige Karriere. Nach seinem grandiosen TV-Auftritt bei „Kaffee oder Tee“ im SWR folgen weitere Konzerte mit internationalen Stars. Dan Popek hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, seinem Publikum stets etwas Außerordentliches zu bieten. Sein Repertoire umfasst alle Musikepochen und Stile – ist schier grenzenlos. Dank seiner hohen Virtuosität schafft er das scheinbar Unmögliche mühelos zu präsentieren. Gepaart mit niveauvollem Entertainment ist ein unvergessliches Event garantiert. Sein energischer und stellenweise „akrobatischer“ Klavierstil begeistert sein stetig wachsendes Publikum immer wieder aufs Neue. Lassen Sie sich von Dan Popek in den Bann ziehen – dem Pianisten, der alles spielen kann…

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The international press calls him: „The Boogie Woogie Mozart“. „Rising jazz star from Germany, brilliant pianist Dan Popek!“ wrote legendary Reduta Jazz Club before the concert at 39th International Jazz Festival Prague 2017. Dan Popek was born on March 23, 1996 in Bad Friedrichshall (Baden-Württemberg) and grew up in a musical family. He was introduced to the piano by his parents and started playing the piano at the age of four. He seems to carry music in his blood – both parents are classical pianists and taught him the piano skills. After six years of classical lessons he accidentally discovered his passion for jazz, blues and boogie-woogie. He self-trained and studied his first pieces of this music style and presented them at various occasions with great success. After graduation he decided to become a professional musician. At age 13 he played his first public concert under own name and thrilled the audience with his virtuoso boogie-woogie. It was followed by numerous performances at various festivals and concerts among headliners like Cory Henry, the Spider Murphy Gang and the Mojo Blues Band. He has appeared at Blues Night Leingarten together with Barbara Dennerlein and Albert Koch. Other stations were the Summerjazz Festival Pinneberg, the Idstein Jazz Festival, the International Blues Festival Brunn, Austria and the Bavarian Jazzweekend where he has performed as a solo pianist in front of 2.000 people. He has played with blues legends such as Abi Wallenstein, Axel Zwingenberger, Joja Wendt and Silvan Zingg. In August 2012 he participated in one of the biggest Boogie Woogie Festivals of the world in Hamburg, Germany. In November of that year he recorded his first CD album „88 Keys & Me“ which was published in January 2013. In 2016 he released his second CD album „The Shout“ and performed on German SWR TV at the „Coffee or Tea“ Show for the first time. He has won the Yamaha Promotion Award two times and is a laureate of the piano solo competitions „Youth plays music“ and „Youth plays jazz“. After winning Sascha Klaar’s „Hot Pianos Show“ he was recognized as the „Best young German pianist“. It was followed by other show and radio appearances in Berlin together with Lars Redlich, Tim Fischer and Johnny Armstrong. His gigs led him to legendary stages like Frankfurt’s Old Opera, Fabrik and Cotton Club Hamburg, Jazzland Vienna, Mercedes-Benz Berlin – all over Europe. In 2018 he had an invitation to the International Boogie Woogie Festival Cambrai, France and performed with Chuck Berry pianist Daryl Davis on stage. He currently is part of the jury for the children’s piano competition „Talent Days“. Dan is a student at Heidelberg university and lives in Bad Rappenau, Germany. Dan Popek has set himself the goal of always offering his audience something extraordinary. His repertoire includes all music epics and styles – is almost limitless. Thanks to his great virtuosity he manages to present the seemingly impossible effortlessly. Paired with charismatic entertainment, an unforgettable event is guaranteed. His energetic and sometimes „acrobatic“ piano style thrills his constantly growing audience again and again. Let yourself be mesmerized by Dan Popek – the pianist who can play anything…