"All of these achievements are impressive enough, but it is Bijan’s personal charm and outgoing personality that have earned him the many performance opportunities in such a wide spectrum of musical endeavors."
-- Robert Estrin, LivingPianos
"He is easily able to adapt to any musical setting."
-- Brett Ecklund,
KX 93.5 FM Jazz Quest Radio Host
About: Bijan Taghavi
Bijan Taghavi, 20, is a pianist, composer, and educator who is currently studying under scholarship as a junior at the Manhattan School of Music. Bijan has had a vast and diverse playing experience; he was the featured pianist performing with Grammy artist Nestor Torres, featured in the Orange County Register as the 2013 "Young Star of the Future" for a prize winning performance alongside the South Coast Symphony, performed alongside Metropolitan Opera singer Eric Jordan, and was a regular guest having performed, been interviewed, and featured on Jazz Quest Radio KX 93.5 Laguna Beach, California. He also hosted the weekly Jazz Night at Port in Corona Del Mar in 2015, which showcased and brought together Southern California's finest jazz musicians in the trio setting. Now in demand in the NYC and Southern California jazz scenes, performances have included many venues such as Minton's Playhouse Harlem, Apollo Theatre, Jazz at the Merc, Birdland Jazzista Social Club in Oakland, Croce's Park West, Soka Performing Arts Center, Renee & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Berklee Performance Center, Bowers Museum, Schumacher Hall, La Sierra University, Malibu Symphony, Alva's Showroom, and Laguna Sound Recording Lounge, among others. In 2017, Bijan performed 3 nights at the Millennium Stage apart of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Alongside a busy performing career, Bijan also works as a writer for the JazzPianoSchool.
Bijan Taghavi was born in November 1997. At the age of 3, he was inspired to play the piano from a film entitled El Dorodo which featured a performance of, Bijan's idol, Elton John. After graduating from the Yamaha School of Music at the top of his class, Bijan studied the concertos and monumental works from composers such as Rachmaninoff, Liszt, Chopin, Beethoven, Grieg, Bartok, and Bach under the direction of renowned concert pianist, Robert Estrin, who featured Bijan in numerous performances of Living Piano: Journey Through Time: Historic Concert Experience. Bijan discovered jazz his junior year in high school, aided by his perfect pitch, assimilating music instantly. Bijan then studied under scholarship in Boston at the renowned Berklee College of Music’s 5-Week Summer Performance Program in 2014 and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Jazz Piano Performance at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music; he has since studied with or received the pedagogy of Fred Hersch, Phil Markowitz, Jim McNeely, Jason Moran, Xavier Davis, Ralph Peterson, Darren Barrett, Carmen Lundy, Rueben Rodgers, Garry Dial, Ted Rosenthal, John Riley, Barry Harris, Jetro da Silva, Chris Rosenburg, Mike Holober, Marc Rossi, Alan Pasqua, Luther Hughes, and Joey Sellers, among others.