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Piano – Jazz Institute, Advanced Package
hirty-two -year old New York-based pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was four years old. Eigsti was quickly labeled a prodigy, and has since released 7 albums as a leader, and has appeared on over 50 albums as a sideman, garnering multiple individual GRAMMY Award nominations over the years for his work as a recording artist and composer, including Best Instrumental Composition, and Best Jazz Instrumental Solo. Recently, Eigsti also contributed a featured composition on the 2017 GRAMMY-winning soundtrack to the motion picture “Miles Ahead”, starring Don Cheadle.
Eigsti has had the good fortune of performing, touring or recording with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, Chris Botti, Joshua Redman , Sting, John Mayer, Esperanza Spalding, Terence Blanchard, Joshua Bell, Chick Corea, David Benoit, Christian McBride, Julian Lage, Marian McPartland, Stefon Harris, Red Holloway, James Moody, Chris Potter, Ernestine Anderson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Becca Stevens, The Clayton Brothers, Dianne Schuur, Ambrose Akinmusire, Hank Jones, The Brubeck Brothers, and Frederica Von Stade, among many others.
Eigsti has travelled internationally quite extensively with his trio and quartet, and also is a frequent and integral part of the regular touring bands of Chris Botti, Eric Harland Voyager, Gretchen Parlato, Kendrick Scott Oracle, and Sachal Vasandani. Eigsti’s career has involved much global touring, and he has performed at many premiere venues throughout the world, including the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Salle Pleyel, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Royal Festival Hall, Vienna Konzerthaus, Olympia Hall, Massey Hall, Lincoln Center, Davies Symphony Hall, and many top festivals including Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Singapore Mosaic Music Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Stockholm Jazz Festival, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Quito Jazz Festival, Jakarta Jazz Festival, Sydney Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Toronto Jazz Festival, and many more performances worldwide, including a private performance for former President Bill Clinton.
Eigsti has also been featured numerous times in various television specials, NPR appearances, commercials, and composed the theme music to the motion picture “Detachment” (2011) starring Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, collaborating on the score with the Newton Brothers.
In addition to leading and performing with various small ensembles, Eigsti frequently has had the opportunity to work with, compose for and orchestrate music for various symphony orchestras, and has written a growing repertoire of music for orchestra and jazz ensemble. Various soloist and compositional features include the San José Chamber Orchestra, Oakland East Bay Symphony, New York Philharmonic, New York Pops, Chicago Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Buffalo Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic, Nashville Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic, Boston Youth Symphony, New York Pops, Indianapolis Symphony, San Jose Youth Symphony, Bear Valley Symphony, Tassajara Symphony, Reno Philharmonic and multiple featured collaborations with the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra.