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Holger Marjamaa was born on September 27, 1992 in Tallinn, Estonia and raised in a musical family. From an early age Marjamaa demonstrated precocious musical interest and talent, able to imitate, sing and play well-known classical pieces and jazz standards.

His musical studies began at the age of 6, he attended Tallinn Music High School where he studied classical piano under prof. Aleksandra Juozapenaite - Eesmaa, and at the age of 7 he started taking private jazz piano and drum lessons. At the age of 13, Holger was able to get private lessons from David Kikoski, who had a big influence on him. After graduating he went on to study in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Sibelius Academy (prof. Jukkis Uotila) and Manhattan School of Music, majoring in Jazz Piano.

As a professional, Marjamaa is currently holding a piano chair in a Grammy Award Winning trumpeter Chris Botti's group. He has performed and/or recorded with Lee Ritenour, Dennis Chambers, Lizz Wright, David Kikoski, Lonnie Liston Smith, John Riley, Steve Wilson, Jukkis Uotila, Ben Wolfe, Mark Gross, Joey DeFrancesco, Chad Lefkowitz - Brown (his big band record featuring Randy Brecker, Miguel Zenon etc.) Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra etc.

Holger holds many awards in both jazz and classical piano performance, including: first prize in Estonia’s Rainbow Jazz Competition (Tartu, Estonia; 2006); Grand Prix at the XXIV International Jazz Piano Competition (Vilnius, Lithuania; 2013); second prize at the II International Tallinn Piano Competition (Tallinn, Estonia; 2011).  Marjamaa was also a semi-finalist in the 2018 Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition (since 2019 re-named Herbie Hancock Jazz Piano Competition). the Young Estonian Jazz Talent Award (Tallinn, Estonia; 2013) and Jazz Musician of the Year Award (Estonia, Tallinn, 2021). 

 

He has performed across the United States, Europe and Asia, venues and festivals as Monterey Jazz Festival, Dallas Symphony, Lincoln Center (Dizzy’s Club), Mezzrow Jazz Club, Smalls Jazz Club, Blue Note Tokyo, Blue Note New York, Blue Note Beijing, Blue Note Shanghai etc.

Marjamaa’s musical career has led him to New York City, where he lives since 2015.  A prodigy all grown up, Marjamaa is now an in-demand jazz pianist in the United States, Europe and Asia.