artist info


Huang Jianyi was the first person in China to receive a master's degree in jazz piano

Huang Jianyi was earned a bachelor degree in shanghai conservatory at 1997, then stay in the campus to working as an tutor / piano instructor. On 1999 he found the jazz band “Footprint”. Has been invited to participate the TV show “Jazz Monk”. He was featuring with Nils Landgren on the same stage.


From 2003 to 2005, Huang Jianyi went to the Berklee College of Music. He was under the instruction by several famous musicians such as Paul Schmeling, Ray Santisi, Laszlo Gardony, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Lovano and Jackson Schultz. After that he entered Rutgers College Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Jersey, and completed his master degree of Jazz Piano there in 2007. Then he received the scholarship of Pee Wee Russell from New Jersey Jazz Association, and won the U.S Jazz Trombone Competition for once by his original piece "Peace".


After coming back to China, Huang Jianyi started to take the responsibility of the piano player in Coco Zhao’s Band "The Possicobilities", and he went to a lot of famous music festival all around the world such as Montreal Music Festival in Canada, The 9 Gates Festival in Beijing, Shanghai Fu Xing Jazz Festival, Yokohama Jazz Music Festival, Reeperbahn Music festival in Germany etc...In 2009, Huang Jianyi and his original quintet successfully performed a concert in oriental art center. In 2011, Huang participated famous Dutch diva Laura Fygi’s first China tour concerts between Shen Zhen, Guang Zhou and Hongkong. In 2014, Huang Jianyi performed in the tour of Li Quan and Chang Shi Lei as sideman in China. Same year, Laura Fygi was back to China and started her China tour for the second time; Huang Jianyi became her only choice of pianist again. Huang Jianyi's own trio band, named “J3”, was the latest band project that founded by Huang Jianyi himself. This band is now the best fusion jazz band in China. In 2015, J3’s new album "Red Man" had won "The Best Band" and "The Best Fusion Album" in The 1st JZ awards.