Eldar Djangirov, a jazz pianist. Eldar Djangirov was born in Kyrgyzstan on the 28th of January 1987. He then moved to Kansas, USA. Eldar attended St. Elizabeth’s Grade School in Kansas City, Missouri. Eldar began playing piano at the age of three years. Sony Classical released his debut album Eldar in March 2005. He is now a student at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music. Sony Classical also released his latest album, “Live At The Blue Note”, on 2005-05-30. His technique and musicality are his greatest assets. He is often called “a mix of Oscar Peterson and Chick Corea” by jazz people. His parents taught him how to play the piano in Kyrgyzstan. He can still recall learning “C Jam Blues” as a child. Later, he took classical lessons. He was 9 when Charles McWhorter (a late New York City jazz aficionado) “discovered” him. McWhorter saw him perform at a Siberia festival. Because of Kansas City’s rich jazz history, the family moved to Kansas City. Eldar was just 12 years old when he appeared on Marian McPartland’s award-winning NPR program, “Piano Jazz”. This made him the youngest performer ever to appear on McPartland’s show. The family eventually moved to San Diego, where Eldar attended the Francis W. Parker school, then to Los Angeles, where he currently resides. Text contributed by users is available under Creative Commons By–SA License. It may also be available under GNU FDL.