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.
“What puts him on the jazz map is his sheer virtuosity and the vast expanse of the melodic, harmonic
and rhythmic landscape his music creates.”
“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
Willing to teach
Advanced students only.
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