Ralf Schmid is one of the protagonists of the young german jazz scene. His unique handwriting as arranger, producer and pianist reflects his strong musical vision beyond stilistic boundaries. After studying classical music in Stuttgart he left his home country and went to New York and later to Los Angeles. As arranger and pianist he worked for Herbie Hancock, Ivan Lins, Whitney Houston, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Natalie Cole, Dionne Warwick, Pee Wee Ellis, Eliane Elias and many more. In 2000 he co‐founded the New York record label „ObliqSound“. Returning to Germany he conducted the Radio Big Bands of Hamburg, Berlin, Stuttgart and Frankfurt and produced four highly acclaimed albums with Joo Kraus. His arrangements and compositions won prestigious awards in Germany and the U.S.. Ralf Schmid is professor at the music university of Freiburg, Germany.