Born: March 9, 1980 Primary Instrument: Piano
At the age of 4 Jacob Koller began studying classical piano. At age 5 he gave his first piano recital and before entering high school he won over 10 classical piano competitions (including the Arizona Yamaha Piano Competition).
In high school he devloped a new passion for jazz and improvisation. He began working professionally in the Phoenix area from the age of 14, playing with the finest jazz musicians in the valley including Dennis Roland, Jesse Mcguire, Margo Reid, Dwight Killian, Dom Moio, and Fred Forney. He attended Arizona State University on a full jazz scholarship and studied under Chuck Mahronic.
He has also studied privately with world class pianists such as Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch and Uri Caine and has performed all around the globe with the likes of Mark Dresser, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Malaby and Martin Denny.
“Jazz freaks will gravitate toward this disc because of its complex interplay, while rock heads will dig the energetic repetition birthed from Western classical sensibilities. A highly recommended album.” Phoenix New Times
“This young man has a talent that few possess. You can make a comparison to his playing, phrasing or technique with many great or prominent piano legends and you would be right because that’s how good he is. But to compare him would be unfair simply because Jacob Koller is in his own league and should be mentioned with the legends not compared to them.” Don Gordon (KPHO) Hawaii Public Radio
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.