About Jonathan Fritzén
A contemporary Swedish jazz and instrumental pop pianist with a warm, sophisticated style, Jonathan Fritzén has scored several number one albums and built a strong global following. Born in Stockholm in 1982, Fritzén grew up in a musical family the son of noted American-born keyboardist Steve Dobrogosz and Swedish flutist Katrina Fritzén. Interested in music from a young age, he started out on drums and by the time he graduated high school, he was proficient on several instruments including piano, guitar, flute, and vocals. He honed his skills studying at Stockholm's Royal Swedish Academy of Music where he graduated with a Master's degree from the jazz department. As a solo artist, he debuted in 2008 with Love Birds, on which he produced and played every instrument.
He returned with a handful of increasingly well-received albums including 2009's V.I.P. with vocalist Laila Adele, 2010's Diamonds, featuring the hit single "Dance with Me," and 2012's Magical, which featured guest appearances from Boney James, Jackiem Joyner, and more. In 2015, he released his fifth studio album, Fritzénized, which showcased collaborations with such crossover jazz luminaries as Gerald Albright, Paul Taylor, and Nils Landgren. Two years later, he delivered the mellow and romantic Ballads, which included contributions from violinist Peter Ferencz, guitarist Alex Crown, and his mother, flutist Katrina Fritzén. ~ Matt Collar
BORNOctober 11, 1982