Alex Koo Derudder is a young and upcoming pianist/composer based in Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark. He has won the first prize in the prestigious Princess Christina Jazz Concours 2010 (NL) and has toured and performed around most of Europe, including several renown jazz festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL), the Casa del Jazz Festival (Rome, IT) and the Warsaw Summer Jazz Days (Warsaw, PL). Alex has had the honor to play with some of the most acclaimed artists of today’s jazz scene, such as: Kurt Elling, Peter Bernstein, Bert Joris, Dré Pallemaerts, Dick Oatts and Mike Mainieri (Steps Ahead).
Coming from a musical family, with two older brothers playing the violin, Alex started taking piano lessons at the age of five. Only ten years of age, Alex became a laureate in the Cantabile Piano Competition (the biggest piano competition for the youth in Belgium) and won several extra prizes, including the prize ‘Emmanuel Durlet’ for the best interpretation for the required piece and the prize ‘Chris Van Hoof’ for the youngest laureate.
After many years of playing only classical music, Alex became interested in jazz music and started studying jazz piano at the Conservatory of Kortrijk, where he graduated with highest distinction, for which he received the prize ‘Van der Weyden’ and the city medal from the mayor of the city of Kortrijk (BE).
He then decided to continue his studies in the conservatories of The Hague and Amsterdam (NL).
Alex has studied with: Kris Goessens, Brad Mehldau, Kenny Werner and Barry Harris.