Niklas Winter is a finnish jazz guitarist, composer 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, Jani Moder, 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.


25.10  WAM, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter with Aki Rissanen – piano.


13.11   London Jazz Festival, Barbican Centre, England.

Niklas Winter & Henry Lowther Quartet


16.11   The Vortex, London, England.

Niklas Winter & Henry Lowther Quartet


7.12   Malmitalo, Helsinki, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)


8.12   Palmgren Konservatorio, Pori, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)


9.12   Flame Jazz, Tiljan, Turku, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)


10.12   Doobop Jazz Club, Vasa, Finland.

Niklas Winter & Ulf Wakenius – guitar. (SWE)


More events TBA soon!



In June I got the track ’Blue Monk’ from my CD ’Eight Songs Seven Keys’ released in a Victor Entertainment CD in Japan. Nice!

And here’s briefly whats going on this fall..

I’m signing an endorsement deal with Finnish guitar maker Flaxwood this month. Very excited! More news about this very soon!

In September I’m in the studio recording a new CD with singer Annica Cleo. Our CD will be released in November.

In October I will play a concert with pianist Aki Rissanen at the WAM museum here in Turku. Looking forward to this new collaboration.

In November I will play a couple of gigs at the London Jazz Festival with British trumpeter Henry Lowther. I will also give lessons at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In December I’ll do a tour in Finland with Swedish super guitarist Ulf Wakenius – cool!

I’ll get back to you with more news!