Gideon van Gelder is a pianist and composer. His music draws from Brazilian music, electronica and jazz. His collaborations are as varied as his musical tastes and include some of contemporary music's most exciting names.
Van Gelder's career got a jump start through collaboration with Dutch saxophonist Benjamin Herman. In 2008 he moved to New York City and quickly found his niche in José James' band. A string of tours followed with performances at many of the world's major music venues and festivals including Glastonbury and a residency at NYC's NUBLU. James’ album ‘Black Magic’ featured van Gelder on keys and production alongside luminaries Flying Lotus and Moodymann.
Meanwhile, the young dutchman continued to hone his skills at The New School with avantgardists Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn and finished writing for his debut album 'Perpetual'. Released on Kindred Spirits, the record was more than well received with headnods from industry heavyweights such as Gilles Peterson at the BBC and Shuya Okino in Japan.
Van Gelder moved back to his hometown of Amsterdam, where he continued to work with Jamire Williams, Takuya Kuroda, Jameszoo and Brazilian vocalist Lilian Vieira. A deep dive into more electronica and Brazilian music's golden era (the seventies) ensued and all this inspiration came together masterfully in the album 'Lighthouse’. It featured Jamire Williams, producer Brian Bender (José James, KT Tunstall), Becca Stevens, Lucas Pino and Rick Rosato. The spellbinding kaleidoscope of textures found its way to listeners across the globe and gave way to some exotic press coverage including Jay-Z's Life + Times and Towers Record Japan mag. Lighthouse was the best-selling jazz album in the Netherlands and was Dutch leading newspaper Volkskrant's jazz album of the year.

Van Gelder is currently working on a new electronic project with Jameszoo. He combines his music with training towards becoming a psychiatrist at the University Medical Center in Utrecht.