By creating a highly individual musical language that redefines musical traditions in an original way, his music is characterised by the encounter between classical and jazz music, and between written compositions and improvisation. As an accomplished musical colourist, he therefore disposes over an absolutely unique sound palette.
Kris Defoort has released/performed on more than 20 albums in the past 35 years, both with signature projects (KD's Basement Party, Kris Defoort Trio, Diving Poet Society, ...) as well as side man/guest pianist or his opera works.
On 14th of September 2021, a newly created opera from Kris Defoort finally premiered at La Monnaie/De Munt, "The Time of our Singing". Both the audience as well as the international press were raving about this long awaited production.
Between 2021 and 2025, Kris Defoort will be working on several new projects: a piano concerto, an orchestral piece, works for solo piano, a 'Duet' with Hungarian singer Veronika Harcsa and finally a new song cycle, an orchestral work with as guest the American saxophonist Mark Turner.