A little about Thilo

Thilo Seevers is a music student at the university of music and performing arts in Graz, Austria. He began his jazz piano studies with Olaf Polziehn in 2012 and is currently having composition and arranging lessons with Ed Partyka and Michael Abene. For his exceptional efforts he was awarded merit scholarships by the university and the city of Graz.

Born in Bremen, Germany in 1993, Thilo started developing his musical skills very early at the piano and later the accordion and french horn. Before turning 16, he had already been awarded 1st prices at international competitions, such as the Steinway competition in Hamburg / Germany, the Bach competition in Narva / Estonia or the Neuhaus competition in Kirovograd / Ukraine. At the German musical competition for young musicians (Jugend musiziert) he was awarded finalist’s prizes at federal level throughout many years.

After having spent one year full of cultural and musical input in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, Thilo opened up to a wider spectrum of musical styles and began his Jazz piano studies in Graz with Olaf Polziehn in 2012.

Here, Thilo is working as an instrumentalist in Jazzbands, Rock/Pop and Hip-Hop Acts and classical ensembles.
In 2012 he joined the Hip Hop Live Act Busart & the Ruffnecks. Soon followed Saint Chameleon, an innovative band that managed to call the musical scene’s attention with their unique style of folkloristic Pop music inspired by Tom Waits. Since 2015, the modern Jazz Ensembles MOYA and Marthinik’s Garden have become another important component of his musical activities.


Thilo’s abilities not only as a player but also as an arranger are known of and requested troughout Germany and Austria.
His arrangements created at the university with Ed Partyka and Michael Abene are elaborated and presented regularly by students of the institute. Furthermore he has established collaborations with the wind orchestra of KF University Graz and the choir of Ökumenisches Gymnasium Bremen, which helps him to constantly work on new concepts and ideas.

In 2013, Thilo decided to create his own ensemble, in order to have a constant set up to work on his compositional skills.
t.s.e. – Thilo Seevers Ensemble presented their new album, Dancing Lights (Unit records), in 2016 with Ivar Krizic on Bass and David Dresler on Drums, recorded at Sendesaal Bremen by Frank Jacobsen.