Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.
Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.
As the recognition continued to grow for his solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells in 2009, and 2010’s 7fingers collaboration with cellist Anne Müller, 2011 saw his break-through album Felt on Erased Tapes. Created by placing felt on the hammers of the piano, the record defines Frahm's signature sound as a result of the two-track experiment Unter/Über. The album was followed by his solo synthesiser EP Juno and Wonders — a record by Oliveray, his duo project with long-time musical companion Peter Broderick. Nils then recorded Screws while recovering from a thumb injury in 2012 as a birthday gift to his fans. The following year Frahm released Juno Reworked featuring remixes by Luke Abbott and Warp-veteran Clark.
2013 also had Nils return with his next full-length Spaces to much critical acclaim, expressing his love for experimentation and answering the call from his fans for a record that truly reflects what they have witnessed during his concerts. Recorded over a period of two years on various formats the album captured his live performances from various concerts worldwide. He also released his first published music book, entitled Sheets Eins.
In 2015 Nils declared the 88th day of the year Piano Day. An official body created by Nils and his closest friends to celebrate the piano and to house various and exciting, piano-related projects. The first project revealed by the Piano Day team was the building of what will be world’s tallest piano: the Klavins 450. It was on the slightly smaller 3.70 meter version built by piano inventor David Klavins that Nils recorded eight improvised piano motifs in one sitting, which form his Solo album – available for free download on the world’s first Piano Day.
The same year saw Frahm's first score release Music For The Motion Picture Victoria for the one-take feature film by Sebastian Schipper, and went on to win the prestigious German film prize for Best Soundtrack. Nils also continued his musical partnership with fellow Erased Tapes artist Ólafur Arnalds, which culminated with the release of their Collaborative Works in 2015 and includes their three previous EP releases plus Trance Frendz — the audio recording of their intimate 45-minute studio film.
Following a Frahm-curated Barbican Weekender, summer 2016 also saw a collaborative score with Woodkid for Ellis, a short film by French artist JR, starring and with spoken words by Robert De Niro.