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-Dave Brubeck in The New York Times
"A sparkling command of the instrument-- new horizons for music"
"Eldar combines Art Tatum's superhuman velocity with echoes of Oscar Peterson's grandeur"
-The New York Times
"His command of his instrument is beyond staggering"
SoulPatch Music Productions proudly welcomes back Grammy nominated jazz pianist Eldar at 7pm on Thursday April 30th at Portland's Classic Pianos located at 3003 SE Milwaukie Ave., Portland, OR. After his smashing and much anticipated Portland debut last year, the virtuoso pianist returns to Portland with a solo performance as part of his West Coast tour. Tickets are $17 and are available at the door an hour before the performance.
When Eldar was signed to Sony Masterworks at the age of 17, the young pianist was already well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Born in the former USSR republic of Kirgizstan, he moved to Kansas City, MO at the age of 10 and was quickly recognized as a child prodigy. At the age of 12 he appeared on Marian McPartland’s NPR program “Piano Jazz” (the youngest in the show’s history) and has continued to garner high praises from musicians and critics alike. Legendary pianist Dave Brubeck praised him as “a genius” and Dr. Billy Taylor said, “Eldar’s playing shows brilliancy, complexity, and discipline”. The New York Times described Eldar as "a blend of musical intelligence, organizational savvy, enthusiasm and prowess” and wrote, “Eldar combines Art Tatum's superhuman velocity with echoes of Oscar Peterson's grandeur”. Downbeat Magazine wrote “his command of his instrument is beyond staggering" and the Billboard magazine dubbed him as “the fastest hands in jazz”.
Still in his twenties, Eldar has worked with such masters as Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Brecker, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton, Harvey Mason, Chris Botti, Joe Locke, Ron Carter, Pat Martino, Roy Hargrove, and many others. He has appeared at virtually all major concert venues including Hollywood Bowl and Carnegie Hall and has performed on the 2000 and 2008 Grammy Awards, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS Saturday Early Show, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has also performed with such symphony orchestras such as NHK Symphony Orchestra, Russian National Orchestra, and San Diego Symphony Orchestra. Eldar has recorded for Sony and Blue Note labels and was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his album "Re-imagination."
Eldar performing and improvising on Bach Prelude in C# major in this candid video taken during a performance in Munich, Germany
A straight reading of Capriccio by J.S. Bach from Eldar's classical solo album "Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev"
A pristine and flawless performance of Prokofiev's knuckle-busting Precipitato
Eldar's rendition of Oscar Peterson's "Place St. Henri" complete with the stride parts
A performance of his compositions "Vanilla Sky/Exposition" at KLPU studio