Part of the new Discovery Series in the KC Jazz Club
Just 18 years old at the beginning of 2005, jazz pianist Eldar "is truly a virtuosic musical prodigy" (The Los Angeles Times). Originally from Kyrgyzstan, he has already performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards(r) telecast, released a self-titled CD for Sony Classical, taken top prize in several international competitions, and caught the eye of numerous jazz legends, among them Dr. Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland.
Eldar returns to the Kennedy Center after performing for Dr. Billy Taylor's 80th birthday celebration in 2002. Down Beat Magazine raves, "When he's not knocking you out with his sheer keyboard speed, Eldar seduces and surprises with complex rhythmic and stylistic changes."