FREDERIKA KRIER was born in Timisoara/Romania and grew up in in Forchheim (Bavaria/Germany). She got her first classical violin lesson at the age of 7, studied among others with Silvia Reichhardt (EMI Erlangen) and took lessons with Uwe Haiberg (UdK Berlin). She started to play early in regional orchestras as concert master and soloist. She also played in many bands of different music styles (folk, gypsy swing, funk, soul, latin, hard rock,...) and took part in musical and film productions.
At the age of 18 she discovered the jazz world at a workshop with jazz violinist Jörg Widmoser (modern string quartett). Regular lessons with him followed along with workshops with Mic Öchsner, Peter o'Mara, Gregor Hübner, Mark Feldman and Barry Harris. After studying ethnomusicology she entered the jazz department of the UdK Berlin, now Jazz Institut Berlin (JIB), and studied there with musicians like Jerry Granelli, Peter Weniger, Chris Dahlgren, David Friedman, John Hollenbeck and Kurt Rosenwinkel. She leads her own bands (Frederika Krier Quartett/Berlin and Molecular Vibrations/NYC) and is coleader of Laghima (duo violin/live electronics with Gian Luigi Diana) and "kus& Rika" (duo violin/beatbox with Markus aka Marc Ruchmann).
She toured extensively with famous Danish singer Gitte Haenning and her Orchestra. Furthermore she recorded with Mario Spinetti, Leron Thomas, Abdoulaye Alhassane, Jojo Kuo (Fela), Kurt Rosenwinkel, Reign of Kindo, etc and worked with Dennis Davis (David Bowie, George Benson), Dana Hanchard (Harmonia Mundi), Marianni, Jim Cammack (Ahmad Jamal), Francis Mbappe, Mamadou Ba (Harry Belafonte, Leni Stern, KJ Dehnherdt), Juini Booth (Sun Ra Arkestra), Frank Lacy, Karl Berger, Kelvin Sholar, Rudi Mahall, Nick Clemons, Ladell McLin, Musical Viva Patshiva, NYC funkband Days of Wild, Monika Oliveira, Misha Piatigorsky etc.
Richard Bona invited her on stage to play with his band.
Frederika Krier tours internationally and released several CD's:
"Devoted" with Frederika Krier Quartett
"Laghima" with Laghima,
Several CD releases as a side musician.
Frederika Krier moved to New York and is based there now. [+]