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A formative part of career lies in New York where he attained a Masters’s Degree from Manhattan School of Music on a full scholarship under the mentorship of Ron Carter. As a doctoral practice performance researcher at the Royal Academy of Music in London, he currently explores inventive, personalizied bass playing concepts. Unorthodox features of his playing styles are e.g. the artistic development of the bass cello, pick playing on the upright bass and use of gut strings on the bass guitar.


Immersed in different musical worlds, his sideman activities have sparked collaborations with the likes of Mike Stern, Joe Lovano, Jorge Rossy, Oz Noy, Sean Wayland, Valerie Simpson and Jim McNeely. Furthermore, Niklas Lukassen expands beyond his position as a bass playing sideman and performed as singer in groups like the German National Jazz Orchestra (BuJazzO).

On his soon to be released debut album Still Waters Run Deep, Niklas Lukassen merges his talents as a composer, bassist and vocalist. Alongside his band with Ben van Gelder, Kit Downes, Francesco Ciniglio and guests like Kurt Rosenwinkel, Céline Rudolph and Wanja Slavin, he reveals unforeseen musical depths.

His life in music has led him on tours across China, Malaysia, the Arabic World, Northern Africa, the USA and much of Europe. Historic concert venues he performed at include Lincoln Center, Beacon Theatre, John F. Kennedy Center and the Berlin Philharmonie.


A passionate educator, Niklas Lukassen holds teaching positions at the Music Conservatory Carl Maria von Weber Dresden and at the BIMM Berlin.

Niklas Lukassen showcases an equally lyrical sensibility and skillful command on both the upright bass and the bass guitar. Living between London and Berlin, he establishes himself as an increasingly indispensable part of the young European jazz scene. He magnetizes as a distinct rising voice that's sought after in manifold musical situations. Moreover, his sound and artistic vision radiate enormous band leader potential.

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