Jazz; Improvisation (Classical)
Master pianist Eyran Katsenelenbogen continues to thrill and inspire audiences throughout the world. His 2009 Jordan Hall concert with Andrei Ivanovitch, "Classical Meets Jazz," is captured on a 2011 DVD release. This two-piano onstage dialogue weaves together classical and jazz styles in a revolutionary interpretation of Mussorgsky’s timeless masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition, performed as one organic and unified piece. When this project toured Europe, Germany’s Allgemeine Zeitung called it "an absolute sensation that will go down in the history of special concert events."
Eyran’s CDs are distributed worldwide through the full spectrum of download sites and stores, and have been enthuiastically reviewed by major jazz publications such as JazzIz, Jazz Times, and Jazz Journal International. In its review of his 2009 release 88 Fingers, All About Jazz stated: “Perhaps Katsenelenbogen is most in league with [Art] Tatum for this fact: he sets the bar towards which other pianists must strive.”
A classically trained pianist with a unique jazz style, Eyran has performed in concerts and on radio and television around the world. Past tours include concerts at Saint Joseph Theater, Scarborough; Bechstein Centrum, Hamburg; Tel-Aviv Jazz Festival; Teatro di Marcello, Rome; Mirror Hall, St. Petersburg; Iridium Jazz Club, New York; and Scullers Jazz Club, Boston. Radio and TV appearances include WGBH, WERS, and WHRB, U.S.; BBC York, U.K.; Israeli Broadcasting Service (IBS); and Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Belgium.
Eyran has received the ASCAP Plus Award for the years 2002 through 2008. He is also named on the Massachusetts Cultural Council Performing and Touring Roster, established by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). Since 1996, Eyran has held a faculty position at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education.
At NEC, Eyran has pioneered innovative techniques for teaching contemporary music performance to students with special abilities and diverse needs. He collaborated with his students on ten CDs, and created a music library on YouTube documenting their performances. As the first jazz piano teacher of young prodigy Matt Savage, Eyran helped kick off Matt’s recording career with their CD One is Not Fun, But 20 is Plenty, which was featured on ABC’s “20/20,” “Good Morning America,” and People magazine.
Related to Felix Mendelssohn, Eyran was born in Israel and was first taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of famed pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim. Eyran went on to complete his musical education at New England Conservatory, where he trained with Ran Blake, Paul Bley, Fred Hersch, Danilo Pérez, George Russell, and Gunther Schuller.
Eyran has been committed throughout his life to improvisational piano music.
“He is a passionate man who feels deeply, and he has the talent to express those feelings through his playing. You cannot help but be moved by his performance.”
—Frank Rubolino, Cadence
B.M. with honors, New England Conservatory. Studies with Ran Blake, Paul Bley, Fred Hersch, Danilo Pérez, George Russell, Gunther Schuller. Recordings on Jazzis, Savage, Oasis, Eyran Records.