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Biography

Ivo Neame is a forward thinking and innovative pianist, composer and multi-instrumentalist. As a musician of exceptional ability, Neame is developing a reputation as one of the most exciting and original pianists to emerge in some time. Well known as the pianist with Phronesis and with Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, his most recent release Strata saw him reach new heights as a composer leading a quintet in a set of exuberant and creative originals. With an abundance of ideas, his career is travelling on new trajectory set to emulate the profile achieved by the likes of Django Bates. Extensively touring with his quintet, octet and now solo piano, as well as with Phronesis and Marius Neset, Neame is destined for great things. Watch this space!

Ivo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and since leaving in 2003 he has gone on to perform and record with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as David Binney, Kenny Wheeler and Hermeto Pascoal. He has also played on more than 40 albums as a sideman and a leader.

Recent awards and honours include:
Album of the year 2010 – Jazzwise magazine (Phronesis)
Album of the year 2010 – MOJO magazine (Phronesis)
Best Jazz Act 2012 – London Awards for Art and Performance (Phronesis)
UK Jazz Instrumentalist of the year 2012 (nominated) – Jazz FM awards
Album of the year 2012 (nominated) – Parliamentary Jazz Awards (Phronesis – Walking Dark)
Best Jazz Act 2014 – MOBO awards (Nominated with Phronesis)

Ivo was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in 2013 and he is also a Principal Lecturer in Jazz Piano at Leeds College of Music.