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Benedikt Brydern




One of the hippest nights out in Europe is a visit to an “ice bar“ where the entire club is sub zero and you sip your cocktails in faux fur coats and winter boots. I mention it because Germany’s Benedikt Brydern and his electric violin could provide the perfect soundtrack for your chilled outing. His music is cool, sophisticated and ultra hip. VIOLIN PASSION (AFTER MIDNIGHT) features lots of reworked classical themes mysteriously given titles celebrating Tokyo districts and all featuring computer driven backdrops, lush orchestration and that icy synthesized violin. Favorite tracks include “Motender,” “Tokyo Gramophone“ and “Shibuya Passion.” AFTER MIDNIGHT is cooler than the other side of the pillow! ~STEWART COXHEAD. smoothjazz.com

Benedikt Brydern studied violin and piano at the Richard-Strauss Academy of Music in Munich, Germany. He undertook private composition studies with Rumanian composer Stefan Zorzor.He was selected out of 1000 applicants for Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival to perform in the Festival Orchestra under the baton of Leonard Bernstein in 1988. He returned to the Festival in 1990 to be part in the TV series “Orchestra!” hosted by Sir Georg Solti and Dudley Moore.

After graduation in 1992 he received a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship to continue his studies in the United States where he completed the Advanced Studies Program “Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television” at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.