Combining cinematic sweep, transportive emotion, and rich melodic grandeur, Australian-born trumpeter/composer Nadje Noordhuis possesses one of the most unforgettably lyrical voices in modern music. Her deeply-felt, clarion tone and evocative compositional gift meld classical rigor, jazz expression, and world music accents into a sound that is distinctively her own.
Noordhuis was one of ten semi-finalists in the 2007 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trumpet Competition and was selected as a Carnegie Hall Young Artist to undertake a weeklong residency with trumpet great Dave Douglas in 2010. She was a guest artist for the 2010 International Trumpet Guild conference in Sydney, Australia, and was invited back to perform at the 2015 conference in Columbus, Ohio. Her compositions are featured on her self-titled debut album, released on Little Mystery Records in 2012, and described by jazz critic Peter Hum as “a lucid, unified and deep first offering from an artist who reminds us that jazz has room for straightforward, accessible beauty too.” She was commissioned by Sydney-based baroque/contemporary ensemble Thoroughbass, and her suite “Magpie Baby” was subsequently made into a children's book and CD set , and published by Captain Honey in 2014. Her album with pianist Luke Howard, “Ten Sails” was released in 2015.
Recent gigs include a week at New York's Village Vanguard with Rudy Royston's 303, performances at jazz festivals in Europe, Canada and Brazil with Grammy-nominated Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, and regular appearances with her quintet at the historic 55 Bar in Greenwich Village. She is a teaching artist with the New York Pops Education Program, the Manhattan School of Music Precollege program, and is a jazz/brass clinician at high schools and universities worldwide. Nadje Noordhuis plays a Schagerl Penelope model trumpet.