Picture by Oliver Leggewie


From Jazz to Chanson

Atrin Madani is a world traveller in jazz, firmly rooted in his neighbourhood of Schöneberg.

Born in 1998, he is a Berliner without an East or West front, he has never experienced the division of the city, never seen the Wall.

Berlin became the capital and seat of government, for him it is above all the German capital of jazz. And there are no borders, no walls.

Jazz is a universal language.


It all began with Schumann, Mahler and Bach.

At the age of ten Atrin joined the Staats- und Domchor Berlin.

He sang with the DSO and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Ingo Metzmacher and Sir Simon Rattle.


In 2017, he graduated from high school and thus paved the way to university studies. In 2018, in the meantime he had sung his way to three places of study in Germany within a few days and decided to start his studies in Dresden,

he was granted the honour of being accepted into the vocal ensemble of the German National Jazz Orchestra. This membership normally ends after two years of participation in several work phases and performances around the world.


In autumn 2019 he moved from the Elbe to the Spree and now continues his studies at the Jazz Institute Berlin (JIB).

His teachers include: Céline Rudolph, Judy Niemack, Matthias Bätzel, Tanja Pannier (Klangbezirk), Cymin Samawatie (Cyminology), Tom Götze and Christian von der Goltz.


Atrin had the great honour to be on stage with people like, Django Bates, Jiggs Whigham, Marc Secara, Finn Wiesner, Tino Derado, Marc Muellbauer, Sebastian Merk, Benny Brown, Alexander Ruess, Erik Leuthäuser, Lisa Bassenge, Peter Fessler and many more.


Concert activities have already taken him to countries such as the USA, Canada, Israel, Madagascar, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.

In September 2017 he had the honor to perform at the garden party of Germany’s president Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Atrin is one of the five finalists of the Ella Fitzgerald Competition 2020 in Washington D.C.

Some text passages are from a interview which was published in the Berlin magazine "Mein Viertel".

The interview was conducted by  Hans-Jürgen Schatz.