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 is 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.

I spend my days with the piano, practicing and composing music, reading books, visiting friends, sitting at the airports and in the trains, and performing; mainly in Europe. I love the human voice, therefore I’ve always had singers in the groups I led. At the moment my main project is my octet, for which I am writing music on the poetry of Robert Frost.


Feb 24, 19:30 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Just Music Festival Kulturforum
Friedrichstr. 16, 65185 Wiesbaden, Germany
Feb 25, 18:00 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Stadtgarten Stadtgarten
Venloer Str. 40, 50672 Köln, Germany
Feb 27, 18:00 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Cankarjevi Torki Cankarjev dom
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar 3, 20:30 Punkt.Vrt.Plastik at Nona NONA
Begijnenstraat 19, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
Mar 8, 13:00 Solo in Belfast 4 Chlorine Gardens
Belfast BT9 5DJ, UK
Mar 9, 20:30 KD Octet plays Moondog De Ruimte
Distelweg 83, 1031 HD Amsterdam, Netherlands
Mar 10, 15:00 Solo at Dag in de Brandig Korzo theater
Prinsestraat 42, Prinsestraat, 2513 CE Den Haag, Netherlands
Mar 13, 20:00 Curating Koncertkirken Koncertkirken
Blågårds Pl. 6A, 2200 København N, Denmark
Mar 23, 18:00 Lecture at Neposlusno Festival Spanish fighters
Zaloška cesta 61, 1110 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar 23, 22:00 with Wilbert de Joode and Aleksandar Skoric at Neposlusno Festival Spanish fighters
Zaloška cesta 61, 1110 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar 29, 20:30 Andy Moor Card Blanche Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Apr 6, 19:00 Solo at Gateshead Jazz Festival Sage Gateshead
St Mary's Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead NE8 2JR, UK
Apr 20, 21:00 Hearth at Akademie der Künste Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany
Apr 29, 20:00 Solo at Jazz + Festival Seidlvilla club e.V.
Nikolaipl. 1B, 80802 München, Germany
May 24, 20:30 Kaja Draksler Octet at Bimhuis Bimhuis
Piet Heinkade 3, 1019 BR Amsterdam, Netherlands

interdisciplinary collaborations:

Solid Surface-Vodnjak I/O