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Alan Benzie

Winner of the BBC Scotland Young Jazz Musician at only 17, pianist/composer Alan Benzie is one of the UK’s most exciting young talents. He has won a string of high profile awards in the last few years, including the prestigious Billboard Award at Berklee College of Music - previous winners include Japanese pianist Uehara Hiromi, guitarist Nir Felder, and saxophonists Jaleel Shaw, Bob Reynolds and Walter Smith III. Alan is the only musician from the UK to have won the award. Described as “the connoisseur’s young pianist of the moment”, his exquisite touch, spontaneous creativity, elegant virtuosity and explosive energy have earned him consistent critical praise, and he has been delighting audiences over the last few years in the US, UK, across Europe and Japan.

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“Benzie’s playing has a hushed yet yearning quality to it; an exquisite touch and elegant virtuosity make for a thoroughly engaging listen.” Jazzwise

“Benzie has an orchestrator’s ear for detail in his compositions… His spontaneous creativity impressed even more as improvisations were developed with a clear sense of direction and sustained with inspired phrases” Rob Adams, The Herald

“Gifted young post-bop and contemporary pianist Benzie is one of the most promising newcomers to have recently emerged from the fertile Scottish jazz scene.” The Guardian

“Most impressive was piano prodigy Alan Benzie… Possessing impeccable technique, and musical imagination, Benzie confirmed his position as a prominent figure in Scotland’s contemporary scene.” The Scotsman

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