Eldar Djangirov after a show
Eldar Djangirov, also known as Eldar, is a Russian-American jazz pianist. He was born on January 28, 1987 in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan, and grew up in Kansas City, MO from the age of 10. He also lived in San Diego, California during his teenage years. He currently resides in New York City.
Biography [ edit ]
He began playing the
piano when he was three years old. The first piece he remembers learning was . He later took classical lessons and was "discovered" at age 9 by the late C Jam Blues New York City jazz aficionado Charles McWhorter, who saw him play at a festival in Siberia. The family relocated to Kansas City, drawn there in large part by the city's jazz history. During his Kansas City years, even before reaching his teens, Eldar already started building a reputation as a child prodigy, appearing on Marian McPartland's award-winning NPR show, , when he was only 12 years old, being the youngest performer to ever appear on her show. Eldar attended Piano Jazz Interlochen Center for the Arts in his young teenage years. Eldar attended St. Elizabeth's grade school and the Barstow School in Kansas City, Missouri. Eventually, the family moved to San Diego where he attended the Francis W. Parker School (San Diego), and then to the Los Angeles area where he attended University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music. Eldar's playing style is characterized by prodigious technique and musicality. Downbeat noted in a review by Bob Doershuk: "his command of the instrument is beyond staggering."
Discography [ edit ]
(2001, D&D Records) Eldar
(2003, D&D Records) Handprints
(2005, Sony): the debut album on Sony featured Eldar John Patitucci on bass and Todd Strait on drums. Michael Brecker makes a guest appearance on one track.
(2006, Sony): the album had guests Live at the Blue Note Chris Botti and Roy Hargrove.
(2007, Sony): the album resulted in a Grammy nomination for Eldar. Re-Imagination
(2009, Sony): features Eldar's now regular trio consisting of Armando Gola on bass and Ludwig Afonso on drums. The album had Virtue Joshua Redman on a one track as well as Nicholas Payton.
(2011, Sony): Eldar's first solo piano album which has garnered critical acclaim. Three Stories
(2013, Motéma Music LLC) Breakthrough
External links [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
Holden, Stephen. "Leaving Them All in the Dust",
New York Times, June 18, 2005. Retrieved 2008-06-06. "Eldar, whose last name is Djangirov, combines Art Tatum's superhuman velocity with echoes of Oscar Peterson's grandeur"