David Gazarov – pianist, composer, arranger (Germany)
Born May 19, 1965 in Baku (the capital city of Azerbaijan), David started his classical piano lessons when he was four. Alongside classical music, American jazz has always had a very important place in David’s life. David’s father, the composer Eduard Gazarov, was a significant influence on his early musical taste and education. David attended his father's jazz big band rehearsals almost daily, while still investing much of his time perfecting classical piano with his teacher, professor Elmira Nazirova.
After graduating from music college and entering The Conservatory of Music in Baku, David moved to Moscow in 1989 and continued his studies, graduating from the Moscow Music Academy of Gnesins. While still a student, he won the Trans-Caucasian competition for classical music, the First All-Russian Jazz Musicians’ Competition and the International Competition of Jazz Pianists in Poland.
In 1991 Gazarov signed his first international recording contract with the German record company “Anima Records”. David then moved to Munich, the city that has become his second home. Munich embraced Gazarov's music and personality and at the end of 1999 David was awarded with a Special Bavaria State Prize for musicians, “Bayerischer Staatlicher Förderungspreis“ with a Diploma from the Bavarian Ministry of Culture.
Between the beginning of the '90s and today, David has been an active performer, both as a soloist and a sideman in various musical configurations. Today, David Gazarov can proudly count among those he has played with celebrated musicians such as N.H.ø.P., Bobby Durham, Chuck Israels, Roberta Gambarini, Ryo Kawasaki, Johnny Griffin, Keith Copeland, Charly Antolini, Buddy De Franco, Martin Drew, Bill Goodwin, Jimmy Woode and many others. Solo performances at a number of large venues include the Semper Opera in Dresden (Germany), Congress Hall in Graz (Austria), Hercules Saal & Gasteig in Munich (Germany), Chajkovski Concert Hall in Moscow (Russia), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Jazz-Open in Stuttgart (Germany), Sala Sao Paulo (Brazil) and many more.
In the past few years David has been working on a number of cross-over projects with outstanding classical musicians and orchestras. These include composing, arranging, recording and performing live with the Bamberg Symphonic Big-Band, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Great Orchestra of the City of Graz, the Bavarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra (BR), as well as with Karl-Heinz Steffens and Stefan Vladar.
David has also performed in concert at several international classical music festivals such as the Mozart Music Festival in Wurzburg, the International Chamber Music Festival in Jerusalem, the Wagner Music Festival in Bayreuth and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
David has recorded a number of CD’s under his own name, as well as participating in other projects by fellow musicians and colleagues, appearing on labels such as, “ANIMA”(Germany), “DENON”(International), E-M-S (International), TUXEDO RECORDS (“Episode” U.S.), TUDOR (Switzerland), SKIP RECORDS (Germany).
Today, David Gazarov frequently tours with a “mixed concert program”, playing the music of great classical composers in the first half of his concert, followed in the second half by jazz and cross-over compositions of his own, as well as paraphrased jazz standards.