René Hess

As a teenager René Hess (Master of Law, University of Berne) shows a growing interest in jazz, improvisation and art in general ; first as a music lover, record collector and finally in the perspective to make the hobby to his profession.


Founder of a well-known jazz record store (« Birdland ») in Lausanne, he directs the « Jazz Corner » for almost 15 years and starts in the mid-90s a promising cooperation with All Blues Konzert AG, the main Swiss concert promotion company for jazz and world music. After more than 60 concerts with almost 70,000 visitors he has gained a solid reputation as a music manager.

In 2000 Hess makes a crucial encounter in meeting highly talented pianist Jan Lundgren from Sweden which finally leads to the creation of his new company HR Music in 2006.