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Joel Lyssarides (b. 1992) is a Swedish jazz pianist and composer. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 2014 Lyssarides spent several years touring as a keyboardist and pianist with such various constellations as Dirty Loops, trombonist Nils Landgren and mezzo soprano Anne Sofie Von Otter. At the time of his graduation Lyssarides became the youngest as well as the first jazz pianist ever to receive the prestigious Jan Wallander-Award which included a brand new Steinway grand piano as well as access to his own rehearsal studio in Stockholm.
Drawing from a wide array of influences he decided to embark on his own solo journey in 2017 with the release of his debut album ”Dreamer”. The album consisted mostly of originals, reflecting his background in both jazz and classical music. It was later awarded a grant from the Swedish Composers Association as well as the "J-son Lindh Award".
In 2019 the album was followed up by ”A Better Place”. The album was highly praised by the critics and topped the Swedish jazz album charts. In October of 2019, at the age of 26, Joel was awarded ”Musician of the Year”, an annual prize handed out by the Swedish Radio.
Nowadays Lyssarides focuses more on his trio work as well as classical composition, currently working on a new piano concerto.