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“Bastien Rieser’s love of life and music opens doors – it enables him and his music to pursue his goal:

To add deep and clear values to other human beings lives.” – Straubinger Tagblatt, 2017



Bastien Rieser is a trumpet player and composer/arranger from Germany, exploring music with a focus on Jazz. He commits to music to experience the moment as profound and as deep as possible to be able to share values and meaning with other human beings lives. His music, his work and his attitude are aiming at anyone who searches for meaning as well as the feeling of being alive. Bastien strives to leave deep footsteps with the goal to inspire others to be the best they can be. He does so following the footsteps of the great legacy of master trumpeters such as Louis Armstrong, Clifford Brown, Miles Davis, Lee Morgan, and Freddie Hubbard. 


His music has led him from the Alps - where he grew up - to the Camino de Santiago in Spain, to cruise ships, to India, Africa, Asia and the USA. Bastien graduated from the Conservatory of Music and Performing Arts in Munich and taught for the Goethe Institute as a Junior Professor at the College for Music and Dance in Ulan Bator, Mongolia. In August 2020, he graduated with "summa cum laude" from Berklee College of Music in Boston USA, where he studied as a Presidential Scholar, an extended full scholarship awarded to only 2 international students. He finished his Master in Jazz Education and Performance at Jazz Campus Basel in August 2023 and since then works and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.


Bastien had the honor to work, play with and learn from some of his greatest inspirations such as Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Brad Mehldau, Kurt Elling, Miguel Zenon, Larry Grenadier, Michael Gibbs, Terence Blanchard, Ambrose Akinmusire, Jeff Ballard, Jason Palmer, Dick Oatts, Jay Anderson, John Riley, Sean Jones, the Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra, Tanya Darby, Tiger Okoshi, Greg Hopkins, Tia Fuller, Ernie Watts, Jim Snidero, Alvin Queen, Allan Broadbent, Marshall Gilkes, Jiggs Wigham, Fred Wesley, Ivan Lins, Tonhino Horta, Ellis Hall , the "Orchester der musikalischen Komödie zu Leipzig" with the group "Die Prinzen", the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra, the Matthias Bublath Bigband, the David Regan Orchestra, Raphael Jost, the Thilo Wolf Bigband and many more.


Bastien played venues like the Birdland New York, Scullers Jazzclub Boston, the legendary Wally's Cafe Boston, the Berklee Performance Center, Gregory’s Jazzclub Rome, Jazzclub Moods Zurich, the Philharmony Munich, the Jazzclub Unterfahrt, the Jazzclub Vogler Munich, at the Gasteig Munich and at the Opernball Nürnberg among many other places. 

Bastien is currently teaching and playing in and around Zurich, Switzerland, where he is also working on his first album as a leader. He is also a founding board member of the Basel Jazz Orchestra, where you can hear him on a regular basis @ Birds Eye Basel:

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