Fred Nardin / pianist, organist, composer, arrangeur
Born in the French town of Saint-Remy in 1987, Fred Nardin was drawn to music early on and started
playing piano at age fve. At the age of ten years, he began his studies at the Chalon-sur- Saone Conservatory
where he frst studied classical piano, starting to play jazz three years later. He earned a master’s degree in
the 2011 at the Great Paris Conservatory (CNSM), having studied with Herve Sellin and Francois Theberge
He won the Django Reinhardt prize (french Jazz musician of the year from Academie du Jazz) in 2017.
In 2010, Fred and his longtime musical partners Jon Boutellier, Bastien Ballaz and David Enhco created the
Amazing Keystone Big Band, a band consisting of 18 of the most promising young jazz musicians from the
french scene. Their frst album Pierre et le Loup... et le Jazz, an arrangement for big band of Prokofev’s
famous work “Peter and the Wolf ", won the prize for Best French Jazz Album of 2013. Their latest two
projects, Le Carnaval Jazz Des Animaux ( a re-working of Saint- Saëns’ famous suite) and their Djangovision
program alongside James Carter and Stochelo Rosenberg were also extremely well received. The Amazing
Keystone Big Band has collaborated with many of today’s most internationally renowned artists: Quincy
Jones, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Gregory Porter, James Carter, Nikki Yanofsky, Liz Mc Comb, Zaz, Charles
He performes in trio with Leon Parker and Or Bareket and also with the co-led Switch Trio, the Fred
Nardin/Jon Boutellier 4tet, Gaël Horellou’s Organ Trio, Jean Philippe Scali Quintet, Natalia M.King, The
Amazing Keystone Big Band...
He has also worked and collaborated with Cecile McLorin Salvant, Stefano Di Battista, Didier Lockwood,
Evan Christopher, Charnett Mofett, Bria Skonberg, Nancy Harms, Scott Hamilton, Joel Frahm, Ricky Ford,
Fabien Mary, Baptiste Herbin, Benjamin Henocq.
Fred Nardin has performed, among others, at the Berlin Jazz Festival, Jazz in Marciac, Jazz a Vienne,
l’Olympia, Antibes Jazz Festival, Jazz a La Villette, the Cite de La Musique, Theatre du Chatelet, Theatre des
Champs Elysees, Les Victoires du Jazz and the Django Reinhardt Festival.