The first laureate in 1999 of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival International Piano Solo Competition – and the only Swiss to have won it so far – Leo Tardin announced the dawn of a new generation of Swiss pianists.
He released six albums with his Grand Pianoramax group, with which he has performed all over the world (Tokyo Jazz Festival, CMJ Music Marathon in New York, SXSW in Houston, Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul to name a few).
In addition to the ore duo of Leo and Zürich-based drummer and producer Dom Burkhalter, he also invited drums visionaries Jolo Mayer, Deantoni Parks, American rappers Black Cracker, Mike Ladd, Invincible, French poet Spleen and fellow Genevans Neo soul / Abstract soul singers Gaspard Sommer and Angelo Powers as collaborators to his Grand Pianoramax project.
Additionally, he released a first solo piano effort entitled “Dawnscape”, co-produced by the Montreux Jazz Festival and launched at the Cully Jazz Festival. It was followed by “Collection”, a triple live album gathering excerpts from varied solo concerts, completed by a Songbook of his original compositions published by Sympaphonie, and video tutorials of these pieces.
Leo Tardin has also collaborated with artists including Roy Ayers, Erik Truffaz, Burhan Oçal, Maria Joao (with whom he performs in duo), Paula Oliveira, Grégoire Maret and Amine Mraihi.
He lived ten years in New York, where he graduated from the New School University in Jazz and Contemporary Music performance, followed by two years in Berlin, before setting base back in Geneva, his hometown.