Bijan Taghavi, musician/performing artist, is a sought after pianist and teacher with an international following of his tutorial videos on his website BijanTaghavi.com. Bijan was the featured pianist performing with Grammy artist Nestor Torres at Soka University, and has been featured in the Orange County Register for his prize winning performance with the South Coast Symphony. Equally comfortable with a wide range of styles, Bijan has also performed alongside Metropolitan Opera singer Eric Jordan.
Bijan studied under scholarship at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and is a regular guest on Jazz Quest Radio. Performances have included many venues such as 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, and Laguna Sound Recording Lounge.
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. 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 began to further explore jazz through the process of self-teaching, learning the music like a language, organically through experimentation and from the aural tradition, as his perfect pitch aids in assimilating music since he can comprehend all the notes he hears instantly. Bijan has since studied with the legendary Barry Harris, Jetro da Silva, Marc Rossi, Alan Pasqua, and Joey Sellers, among others.
Bijan's Jazz Trio is all about music that isn't simply intellectually innovative, but also emotionally stimulating for the sake of beauty and swing! Bijan's influences within the jazz idiom include Kenny Barron, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Ahmad Jamal, Robert Glasper, Oscar Peterson, Alan Pasqua, Barry Harris, Marcus Miller, Christian McBride, Chano Dominguez, and Donald Brown. Bijan's latest project includes the ethnic hybrid heterogenous stylistic idioms, involving the fusion of jazz and Persian music in hopes of promoting world peace through the hybrid of each nation's music.
The Southern California native recently has accepted a full ride scholarship to Manhattan School of Music's jazz studies program for his undergraduate studies, and will be a member of the New York music scene starting the Fall of 2015. Bijan currently is accepting work as a performing artist (concerts/events), session musician (jazz/contemporary), and limited work as an educator (studio/online lessons).
"He is easily able to adapt to any musical setting."
(Brett Ecklund, KX 93.5 FM Jazz Quest Radio Host)