Grammy-nominated pianist Eldar is well known for his prodigious pyrotechnics and precocious knowledge of the bebop tradition. Last heard at the Kennedy Center in 2005, he is "truly a virtuosic musical prodigy" (Los Angeles Times). Originally from Kyrgyzstan, he has already performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards telecast, released four recordings for Sony Classical by the age of 22, taken top prize in several international competitions, and caught the eye of numerous jazz legends, among them Dr. Billy Taylor and Marian McPartland. Dr. Billy Taylor said his "playing shows brilliance, complexity, and discipline… he's serious about his music, he's thoughtful about what he does."
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