Vijay Iyer

Born: October 26, 1971    Primary Instrument: Piano

Vijay Iyer

“a boundless and deeply important young star” —LA Weekly

“By now, there can be no doubt that pianist-composer Iyer stands among the most daringly original jazz artists of the under-40 generation,” writes Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune. The American-born son of Indian immigrants, Vijay Iyer (pronounced “VID-jay EYE-yer”) is a self-taught creative musician grounded in American jazz and popular forms, and drawing from a wide range of Western and non-Western traditions. He was described by The Village Voice as “the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years,” by The New Yorker as one of “today's most important pianists... extravagantly gifted,” and by the L.A. Weekly as “a boundless and deeply important young star.”

Most recently, in the Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards, Iyer was named the 2010 Musician of the Year, an honor previously given to Herbie Hancock, Ornette Coleman, Wayne Shorter, and Dave Holland....
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2010 ALBUM OF THE YEAR - Downbeat Magazine International Critics Poll
2010 Echo Award, Germany - Best ensemble (International)
#1 Album of 2009 - Village Voice Annual Critics Poll
#1 Rising Star Pianist of the Year (2009)
#1 Rising Star Jazz Artist of the Year (2006 and 2007) and #1 Rising Star Composer of the Year (2006 and 2007), Downbeat Annual International Critics Poll
CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts (2003)
Up & Coming Musician of the Year Award in the Eighth Annual Jazz Awards (2003)
Fellowship in Music Composition from New York Foundation for the Arts (2006)
Commissioning grants from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund (2000, 2001, 2005), the New York State Council on the Arts (2002), Creative Capital Foundation (2002), Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust (2002, 2004), American Composers Forum (2005), Chamber Music America (2005), and Meet The Composer (2006)
...a boundless and deeply important young star... - LA Weekly

Iyer is one of the most exciting new voices in jazz... - Boston Globe

Vijay Iyer is the most commanding pianist and composer to emerge in recent years... - The Village Voice

CAPTIVATING... an extravagantly gifted new-jazz pianist and a quick-witted composer... - The New Yorker


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