Niklas Winter is a jazz guitarist and composer born in Turku, Finland. He has made nine albums since 1999 as a leader, and many more as a co-leader and sideman, having recorded with Kenny Wheeler, Lars Jansson, Severi Pyysalo and many others.
Winter studied guitar at the Turku Conservatory during 1985-1990 and later, at Berklee College of Music in the mid-’90s.
Later collaborations include guitar duos with Jesse Van Ruller, Ulf Wakenius, Lorenzo Cominoli, Teemu Viinikainen, and with vibraphonist Severi Pyysalo.
Band projects include Niklas Winter Quartet, Winter’s Jazz Workshop and a collaboration with Henry Lowther and the Utopia Chamber Choir in Winter’s Graduale project.
Winter has played concerts with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in productions with Kiri Te Kanawa and in Mikko Heiniö’s Opera, Erik XIV.
He has performed at the London Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, Tampere Jazz Festival, Copenhagen and Aarhus Jazz Festivals, Orta and Nuoro Jazz Festivals, Turku Music Festival Viapori Jazz Festival and the Yokohama Jazz Promenade, among many other performances around the world.