Nathalie Loriers, a leading name in the world of Belgian jazz
The Belgian jazz pianist and composer, Nathalie Loriers, from Antwerp, was born in Namur on 27 October 1966. Already in the 1990s, she was known as the "leading lady of Belgian jazz", not only for her playing, often described as lyrical, but also for her talent as a composer.
It was with skilled compositions and her trio that she made her name as a modern pianist, but also as a pianist with roots in tradition. A much-appreciated instructor, she is also the pianist of the "Brussels Jazz Orchestra", the international reputation of which is widely recognised.
Nathalie Loriers initially trained in classical piano but quickly turned to jazz. Lucky that she did since she was just 23 years old when the Belgian association of jazz critics chose her as the "Best Young Talent in the country". One year later, the Royal Conservatory of Brussels awarded her first prize for piano and jazz harmony. In 1990, she also obtained the title of "best young soloist" at the Brussels Jazz Rally. One year later, she released her first CD "Nympheas" along with Kurt Van Herck (sax), Philippe Aerts (double bass) and Mimi Verderame (drums).
In March 1999, Nathalie received the "Belgian DJANGO D’OR" which took her career to another level. 2000 started with another award: the EURO DJANGO.
1992 marked her debut in radio, where Nathalie hosted a show devoted to jazz on RTBF (Belgian radio-television). Today, she no longer hosts but she is often a guest of programmes devoted to this style of music. This was the case last year for "International Jazz Day" held on 30 April 2020, in "La Grande Séduction" on Musiq3, the concept of which was to bring together leading names from today's world of jazz to discuss their top jazz picks with them.
Her last CD was released on 13 October 2020 and is called "L’arbre Pleure" by Nathalie Loriers & Chemins Croisés; as for her earlier work, it has been received enthusiastically as much by professionals as by fans.