The pianist and composer Lucas Leidinger (*1988 in Aachen) first received lessons from Hans Lüdemann and then studied jazz piano and composition at the Cologne University of Music from 2008 - 2012 with Florian Ross and Hubert Nuss. In 2013 he continued his studies at the "Rytmisk Music Conservatory" in Copenhagen, successfully graduating with "Master of Music" in the summer of 2015. Among his teachers were Jacob Anderskov, Achim Kaufmann and Frank Gratkowski.
His musical work in the field of jazz/improvised music, as a bandleader as well as a sought-after pianist in numerous ensembles, is documented on over 20 albums. His work includes a variety of compositions for small and large jazz ensembles to solo piano pieces, free improvisations, string quartets, indie pop songs and theater music.
He is the winner of numerous national and international band and composition competitions. Tours with various ensembles have taken him through many European countries and to Asia. He also participated in radio and television productions of WDR, SWR, NDR, Belgian - and Danish radio, Deutschlandfunk and others.
In 2016 he was awarded the "Horst and Gretl Will Scholarship for Jazz and Improvised Music of the City of Cologne".
Currently he lives as a freelance musician in Cologne.
Portrait on Deutschlandfunk Radio from July 2021