Niklas Winter is a finnish jazzguitarist and teacher. Winter has made 6 records as a leader and has been active as a sideman in several bands. He also runs his own jazzlabel Abovoice. During the years Winter has performed with; Kenny Wheeler, Cameron Brown, Henry Lowther, Ted Curson, Lars Jansson, Kirite Kanawa, Jukkis Uotila, Teemu Viinikainen, Karl-Martin Almqvist, Fumio Yasuda, Ino Nobuyoshi, Jesse van Ruller, Morten Lund, Jesper Bodilsen, Severi Pyysalo and many more..

Winter has a fresh, modern sound. This is original and very exciting music and Niklas Winter Quartet has surely been a great experience at many festivals. Tor Hammerø /Jazznyt (Norway)

Winter is a true sophisticated original on the guitar in Finland. Timo Vähäsilta /Rytmi (Finland)

Niklas Winter’s poetic playing shows great knowledge of improvisational skills. Jörgen Östberg /Orkester Journalen (Sweden)

” In Winter’s playing listener can hear plainness and intelligence. Winter’s improvisations and harmonies look back to the history of jazz but also expresses the atmosphere of today.”Hiroki Sugita/Jazz Life (Japan)

Trust in fact, was key, as was a fundamental sense of good time. Without a drummer or a bassist, and with the two guitarists sometimes dissolving into spare sections where time was, at best, suggested, it became even more essential that the two could internalize that time and know where it was, without it being explicitly there. It’s in the context of the duo that an artist is at his/her most exposed; not only are their abilities, instincts and improvisational élan laid bare, but their communication skills—or lack thereof—are impossible to disguise. Viinikainen and Winter needn’t have worried, as it was clear, from their Tampere Jazz Happening performance, that this was a duo communicating at a very deep level, playing relatively quiet music that was, nevertheless, thoroughly captivating.



Upcoming concerts

Look at ’ concerts ’ for a full list of upcoming and past performances.


10.2   Turku Cathedral, Finland.

Niklas Winter Quartet with Camerata Aboense Ensemble.

Niklas Winter Quartet: Niklas Winter – guitar, Severi Pyysalo – vibraphone, Juho Laitinen – cello, Henry Lowther (UK ) – trumpet. Camerata Aboense Ensemble: Anneliina Koskinen – soprano, Anna Edgren – alto, Mats Lillhannus – tenor, Ville Rihu – bass.

19.2   Finlandsinstitutet, Stockholm, Sweden.


With Severi Pyysalo on vibraphone and Filip Augustson on bass.

7.3   Club Zoo, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Niklas Winter -guitar, Jani Moder – guitar.

8.3   Conservatory of Music and Ballet, Ljubljana, Slovenia.


Workshop with Niklas Winter.

10.3   Repete, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jani Moder – guitar.

11.3   Blunout, Domzale, Slovenia.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jani Moder – guitar.

12.3   Jazz Pub, Celje, Slovenia.

Niklas Winter – guitar, Jani Moder – guitar.

29.4   Tiirikkala, Turku, Finland.


Niklas Winter – guitar, Sami Linna – guitar.

1-15.5   Tour of Japan 

Venues TBA

Niklas Winter playing with Emil Hess (DK) – tenor saxophone, Richard Huntley (NYC) – drums, Satsuki Kusui – bass, Kazuki Iida – piano and Keichi Ichibashi – bass.


The new year started and there are some interesting things happening!

I will do a concert at the Turku Cathedral on the 10th of February with my arrangements of old psalms for voice and a jazz quartet. Later the same month I will do a performance in Stockholm with an interview for the swedish national radio. Looking forward to that.

In March I will do a tour in Slovenia with Jani Moder and in May a two week long tour in Japan. I will also start recording my new CD and I feel very excited about that. Keep you informed about how that is developing. Looking for a new guitar at the moment and I hope I will find one soon.

I’ll get back to you with more news!