Frederik Villmow is a German jazz-drummer
and composer, living in Trondheim/Norway.
He was born in 1993 and grew up near Cologne.
He studied jazz-drums at
Codarts University of Arts, Rotterdam (2013-2015) and Jazzlinja NTNU, Trondheim (2015-now). Currently he's attending the master-program at Jazzlinja NTNU.
Between 2011-2015, Frederik was part of the Youth Jazz Orchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was awarded by the
WDR Jazz Award (Westdeutscher Rundfunk).
In 2014 he took part in the
Metropole Orkest Academy in Hilversum, conducted by Jules Buckley and Vince Mendoza. In the same year,
he recorded the music of Gabriel Pérez with
The Soundtrip Orchestra featuring
Chris Potter on saxophone.
In 2015 Frederik moved to Trondheim/Norway, to attend at
the highly acknowledged jazz-department of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NTNU.
Since may 2018 Frederik Villmow Quartet plays together and released their debut record in September 2019, recorded live at
Jazzhus Montmartre in Copenhagen featuring pianist Carl Winther and saxophonist Tomas Franck.
The Taiwanese Blue Lounge Records (Taipei/Taiwan) selected the album as "Best Newcomer of 2019".
During the years Frederik has collaborated with amongst others:
Tomas Franck, Carl Winther,
John Pål Inderberg, Bjørn Alterhaug, Vigleik Storaas
Trøndelag Big Band, Mats Holmquist Big Band,
Metropole Orkest Academy, Vince Mendoza, Jules Buckley,
Marc Doffey, Jerry Lu, Jesse Schilderink,
Stefan Pfeifer-Galilea, Stephan Schulze,
Gabriel Pérez, Michael Villmow,
Bendik Hofseth, Tore Brunborg,
Billy Test, Alan Skidmore and Chris Potter.
Concert tours have brought him to
The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, England, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Estonia, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway.
Beside his activities as a musician, Frederik is also head of Trondheim Jazzforum.
Currently Frederik lives in Trondheim, Norway.
„Frederik Villmow made an impressive debut that makes you want more.
His band, a top-class international ensemble, plays Straight-ahead jazz that can be classified as Post-bop, at its finest.“
(Hans-Bernd Kittlaus, Jazzpodium GER, 03/2020)