Jazz keyboard virtuoso Eldar will be releasing his latest CD, “Virtue,” August 25 on Sony Masterworks.
“Virtue” is the follow-up to Eldar’s 2008 Grammy-nominated album, “re-imagination.” Partnered by bassist Armando Gola and Ludwig Afonso, “Virtue” features original compositions by Eldar. Eldar also welcomes guest appearances by trumpeter Nicholas Payton and saxophonists Joshua Redman and Felipe Lamoglia.
Born in Kyrgyzstan and raised in Kansas City, Eldar started playing jazz festivals before the age of ten (in what was then the Soviet Union). In 1998, he and his family emigrated to the United States and resettled in Kansas City. He became the youngest guest ever to appear on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz. Later, he pursued advanced study at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, and eventually began enjoying a career that has seen him in performances throughout the United States, Europe, Indonesia, Japan and South America.