Gideon van Gelder is a pianist and composer based in Amsterdam. His projects range from electronica to Brazilian music and are known to 'spin multiple genres, crafting it in the here and now' (All About Jazz).
Van Gelder's career got a jump start through collaboration with Dutch saxophonist Benjamin Herman, most notably on the Edison Award winning album 'Campert'. In 2008 he moved to New York City and would quickly find 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’ genre bending album ‘Black Magic’ featured van Gelder on keys and co-production alongside the sonic wizardry of Flying Lotus and Moodymann. Meanwhile, van Gelder continued to hone his musical skills at The New School with Vijay Iyer and Craig Taborn, with a focus on composition. His debut album 'Perpetual' was more than well received with headnods from heavyweight tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson at the BBC and Shuya Okino in Japan.
Van Gelder moved back to his hometown and remained a sought after artist, working with ERiMAJ, Takuya Kuroda, Jameszoo and Brazilian vocalist Lilian Vieira. These collaborations led to a deep dive into Brazil's Club D'Esquina and electronica and culminated 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 vibes and textures found its way to listeners well beyond the jazz sphere. Lighthouse popped up in unexpected places for a self-released album: Life + Times of Jay-Z, Tower Records Japan's feature release of the month and a spot on the Dutch album charts (flanked by Deep Purple and hilariously, eurohouse legends The Party Animals). The record became a bestseller 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.