kaja draksler

pianist composer

Kaja Draksler Photo by Sara Anke

I was born in a small village in Slovenia and grew up in the countryside. My father was a train driver, my mother is an accountant. I have a younger brother who became an engineer.

At the age of 18 I moved to The Netherlands for music, the idea won over my plans to study Latin and old Greek. A few years later, I was immersed into the rich world of Amsterdam’s improvised music scene, which complemented my studies of classical composition in a great way. After 13 years in Holland, I moved to Copenhagen, Denmark, stayed there for 5 years, and recently moved back to Trboje, my home village.

Welcome to my website.

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My freshly composed piece "BA" was commissioned and will be performed by Orchestra Jazz de Matosinhos on June 15th on Jazz na Real Vinícola in Porto, Portugal

Here is a video of the premiere of matter 100 at the Bimhuis!

I was nominated for German Jazz Prize, category Piano/International.

The second album of my duo with the brilliant Portuguese trumpeter Susana Santos Silva is out on Intakt Records and is called GROW.


On Innovation and the Future of Music (and art), a collection of interviews is out digitally and in printed, 200 copies limited edition. The zine features drawings by Szymon Gąsiorek and is designed by Maga Ćwieluch.



Premiere of matter 100: at the Bimhuis

matter 100 in rehearsal: True/False

Kaja Draksler Solo: Zagreb Biennale

Anja Zag Golob, Irena Z. Tomažin, Kaja Draksler: Rojišče #73

Draksler/Bach/Masecki: Goldberg Variations

Kaja Draksler Octet: In Time, music on the words of Matsuo Basho


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Aug 25 with Petter Eldh's Postkoma at Saalfelden Jazz Festival International Jazz Festival Saalfelden
Mittergasse 21a, 5760 Saalfelden am Steinernen Meer, Austria
Sep 12 Czajka & Puchacz at Brda Contemporary Music Festival Medana
5212 Medana, Slovenia
Sep 21 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Leipzig Leipzig
04 Leipzig, Germany
Sep 29 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Hamburg JazzHall
Milchstraße 12, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
Sep 30 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik in Ulm Stadthaus
Münsterplatz 50, 89073 Ulm, Germany
Oct 5 Czajka & Puchacz at BMC Budapest Music Center
Budapest, Mátyás u. 8, 1093 Hungary
Oct 6 Czajka & Puchacz; A Step Across the Border Club Porgy & Bess
Riemergasse 11, 1010 Wien, Austria
Oct 7 Czajka & Puchacz in Prague
Oct 8
Oct 13
Solo Organ Residency at Jazz Goes to Town Hradec Kralove
Nov 29 matter 100 at Unerhoert Festival Zürich


  • “Draksler is one of the most potent musical minds of our time.“


  • “The young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler shows off a wealth of sturdy ideas and nonchalant technique on this stunning solo recording.”


  • “/.../ the young Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler pulls together information from a century of experimental music and jazz. She also makes rhythm a priority, and reminds you subtly that she knows what she’s doing. /.../ It’s hard, or maybe impossible, to predict where she’s going to take you. That’s not so common from a young musician.”

    New York Times

  • “Draksler brings austerity, subtlety and poignancy with her fluid piano playing and rings through in bright, rich textures.”

    Irish Times