GRAMMY.com Exclusive First Listen: Eldar Djangirov
GRAMMY-nominated pianist Eldar Djangirov is set to release a new solo album, Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev, on May 14. Ahead of the album's release, GRAMMY.com has your exclusive first listen to Djangirov's interpretation of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826."
Described by The New York Times as "an ebullient impressionist," Djangirov moved from the former Soviet Union to Kansas City, Mo., at age 10. He quickly gained a reputation as a child prodigy and signed to Sony Masterworks at 17. In 2005 Djangirov released his major label debut, Eldar, a jazz recording featuring GRAMMY winners Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone and John Patitucci on bass. The album climbed to No. 9 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart and was followed by 2006's Eldar Live At The Blue Note. In 2007 Djangirov released Re-Imagination, which peaked at No. 25 on the Top Jazz Albums chart and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. In 2009 Djangirov teamed with bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso to form the Eldar Djangirov Trio, with whom he released 2009's Virtue and their follow-up effort, Breakthrough, which was released in April.
Bach/Brahms/Prokofiev is Djangirov's debut classical recording. The album features his interpretation of classical recordings such as Johannes Brahms' "Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76" and Bach's "Partita No. 2 In C Minor." Djangirov is currently in the midst of an international tour, with dates scheduled through July.