Piano in Jazz



Leonid Nesterov presents – first time in Cyprus, two great jazz pianists of new generation Joel Lyssarides from Sweden and Evgeny Lebedev from Russia.

Musicians will present unique program showing amazing possibilities of modern jazz piano.

Evgeny Lebedev
Billboard award winner and laureate of numerous jazz contests, Evgeny Lebedev quickly established himself as one of the most promising young pianists on today’s jazz scene. Evgeny performed and recorded with luminaries like Jack De Johnette, Marcus Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, Lenny White, Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, David Fiuczynskiand participated in prestigious festivals, including North Sea Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Jazz a Juan, Tanglewood Jazz Festival and more. Evgeny appears on more than 10 CD’s and released four albums under his own name, that were highly marked by critics in Japan, USA and Russia.

Evgeny Lebedev was born in 1984 in Moscow. Growing up in Russia, Evgeny’s musical background consisted of Russian Folk music, which was often played in his household. Inspired by his family, Evgeny took up the accordion at age of 8. Since than, he was performing folk music in various prestigious music festivals and won several accordion contests.

At the age of 15, driving under the influence of jazz music, Evgeny began studying piano and immediately fell in love with it. Between 1999 and 2001 he attended the Moscow College of Arts where he studied under Evgeny Grechischev. In 2002, Evgeny entered Gnessins’ Russian Academy of Music where he studied under internationally acclaimed professor/performer Igor Brill.

He holds a diploma from the New Names Charity Foundation. In 2004, he entered Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where he studied with Hal Crook, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, JoAnne Brackeen. In September 2010, Evgeny Lebedev received special prize as a Best Soloist and took 1st place with his band “World Trio” at 32nd edition of Jazz Hoeilaart Competition in Belgium.

Joel Lyssarides
Swedish jazz pianist and composer Joel Lyssarides is educated at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. Apart from solo performances he has worked with artists such as Kristin Amparo, Maria Mena, Zakiya Hooker, Svante Henrysson, Katarina Henrysson (Realgroup), Frank Ådahl, Magnus Lindgren, Svante Thuresson och Chris James (the Natural Four).

At the age of 21 he was the first jazz musician ever to receive the prestigous Jan Wallander Prize. Jan Wallander Prize is awarded annually to an outstanding student at one of the higher music education institutions in Sweden.

Joel is also one of the composers behind the Film Music application Moodelizer that was launched during 2015.




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