Roman Stolyar was born in Novosibirsk, Russia, in the family of engineers and received his first musical experiences at state music school. Then, being a student of Novosibirsk Institute of Electrical Engineering, he made his first steps to studying jazz - first privately, then, after his decision to leave the career of engineer, at Novosibirsk musical college where he entered in 1989. His teacher was Igor Dmitriyev, the most famous Siberian traditional jazz pianist and educator. During studying jazz at the college Roman chose the way of contemporary and free jazz enriched by elements of classical composing and folk roots. His first project, a duo together with excellent drummer Mikhail Wolfovitch,was formed in 1990 and made its first concert in Novokuznetsk on the annual Jazz Piano Festival. After Andrey Turygin, alto saxophone player, joined them, they started to perform as STS trio. Soon their group was invited to join the ALOHA project according to USSR - USA intercultural program, and they spent two weeks in Hawaii in January 1991. Soon he entered Novosibirsk State Conservatoire in September 1991 where he studied classical and contemporary composition and electronic music with Prof. Youry Yukechev, outstanding composer experienced both in classical and jazz music. After graduating from Conservatoire he continued his career as a jazz pianist playing in different collectives (including ALTER EGO, the jazz duo together with Andrey Turygin and NEW GENERATION leaded by brilliant tenor saxophonist Vladimir Timofeyev) and, besides, he created a number of compositions in modern “classical” manner but with elements of free improvisation. His music became soon known thanks to his collaboration with Sharomov vocal ensemble that commissioned him three cantatas and a large stuff of arrangements for them. He also made some works for theatres (including two musicals for children theater “Smile”) and, ultimately, was invited as a principal composer to Novosibirsk Academic Theater “Globe” in September 2000. As an educator he works at the jazz department of Novosibirsk musical college where he has developed his own training course “Theoretical Foundations of Jazz Improvisation”.
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“One of the best of a new trend of modern Russian composers.” - Expose
Credo of Roman Stolyar is fantastic, touching my heart! I admire the mastership on several instruments...listenen to music with tears in my eyes is a gift. Thanks to Roman Stolyar, you compagny and your friendship. I listened several times to his 'Credo', this is an amazing CD. - Geert Verbeke, composer (Belgium)
Roman Stolyar is an amazing improviser. His piano style reminds me of Bill Evans or Keith Jarrett sometimes, then Prokofieff or Bartok, later. His synthesizer keyboard work is first rate, too
Free piano improvisation