Kristjan is a dazzling piano player says Herbie Hancock after the 2006 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
The Estonian pianist and composer Kristjan Randalu started his music education at the age of 6 in Tallinn - both his parents being classical pianists. After the move to Germany Kristjan studied classical piano with Sontraud Speidel and Patrick O'Byrne in Karlsruhe and Stuttgart and jazz piano with Paul Schwarz in Stuttgart, additionally having lessons with John Taylor in Cologne. In 2001 he continued his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Geoff Keezer (piano), Iain Ballamy, and Django Bates (composition). In 2003 Kristjan Randalu studied at the City College of New York with Edward Simon and John Patitucci. Additionally he studied composition with Daniel Schnyder. In 2006 Kristjan received his Master's Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Kenny Barron, Garry Dial, Phil Markowitz, and Ted Rosenthal.
He is an alumnus of the Henry Mancini Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (2005 and 2006), where he recorded on the album Elevation (Concord) featuring Eddie Daniels and Tom Scott which received two Grammy award nominations.
Kristjan has played as a soloist in classical, jazz and cross-over projects e.g. with the National Symphony Orchestra of Estonia, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Stuttgart and the New Chamber Orchestra of Berlin in Europe, Israel, Turkey, Canada, and USA.