Primary Instrument: Piano
The New York Times described the New York based pianist Eldar Djangirov as a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess that was all the more impressive for seeming so casual… an ebullient impressionist. Dr. Billy Taylor said, Eldar Djangirov's playing shows brilliancy, complexity, and discipline... he's serious about his music, he's thoughtful about what he does.” Jazz Times said, “Maybe he made a pact with Lucifer to be the greatest pianist ever. Praised as “a genius beyond most young people I've heard” by Dave Brubeck. Downbeat magazine stated that his command of his instrument is beyond staggering.
When Eldar Djangirov (pronounced john-'gear-ov) was signed to Sony Classical at the age of 17, the young pianist from Kansas City was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Along the way, he's had the good fortune to meet and work with the masters including Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Harvey Mason, Ron Carter, Pat Martino and many others. Through these opportunities and other wonderful musical experiences, Eldar continues to explore new frontiers through composing and performing, enabling him to ultimately to realize his own musical vision.
Born on January 28, 1987, Eldar came to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union when he was ten. Among his first performances were in his hometown of Kansas City, as well as The Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. He quickly then moved up the ranks and was featured on the NPR Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz show at the age of twelve. He released two albums independently. Eldar signed with Sony and recorded his major label self-titled debut featuring the great bassist, John Patitucci, and Michael Brecker on tenor sax. He followed up with the critically acclaimed Live at the Blue Note with guest appearances by Roy Hargrove and Chris Botti in 2006. Eldar was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his album Re-imagination.
Eldar has appeared at numerous major jazz festivals including Tokyo Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Vienna Jazz Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and San Francisco Jazz Festival and has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He has performed at venues ranging from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall and has played at the most notable jazz venues across the world. Eldar has been seen on national TV including the 2000 and 2008 Grammy Awards, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Early Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In addition, he has also played with world renowned symphony orchestras such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony Orchestra. He has 4 critically acclaimed trio albums including the most recent Virtue featuring his trio Armando Gola (bass) and Ludwig Afonso (drums) as well as guest appearances by Joshua Redman and Nicholas Payton. With the release of Virtue, Eldar may have sealed his role in future jazz history (Bill Meredith, Jazziz).
Eldar's current album and first solo piano album entitled Three Stories has already garnered rave reviews. This is certainly jazz piano, but it's the kind that belongs in a recital hall... Djangirov gets to the heart of every song (Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz); Something special goes on here… In Djangirov's hands, the piano is a dramatic personage (Karl Stark, Philadelphia Inquirer); Djangirov's playing is, simply, flawless (Jeff Tamarkin, All Music Guide).
[THREE STORIES] is certainly jazz piano, but it's the kind that belongs in a recital hall... Djangirov gets to the heart of every song. —Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
He’s a genius beyond most young people I’ve heard. —Dave Brubeck in The New York Times
“Eldar’s solo piano mastery continues to amaze.” All About Jazz
“Excellent... Eldar’s keyboard technique can be blisteringly electric one moment, tender and thoughtful the next...boundless range and talent.” San Francisco Chronicle
“...Eldar applies his powers across this entire set with a level of taste and maturity that belie his age…this is the album for which the term “Young Lion” was created.” Keyboard Magazine