“One of the most lyrical and romantic pianists around.” – Jazz Weekly’s George Harris
The quartet will feature Hendrik Meurkens.
Commonly termed a classical artist, Roger Davidson has developed a fearlessly eclectic reach, both as a composer and pianist. Roger’s acclaimed catalog ranges from chamber, symphonic, and choral pieces to jazz, tango, Klezmer, children’s music, a wide span of Latin and Brazilian projects. International co-mingling is in Roger’s blood. He was born in Paris in 1952 to a French mother and an American father and grew up in New York. He started playing piano at four, and taking violin lessons at eight. He has studied at St. Olaf College, earning a B.A. in German Language and Asian Studies in 1974, at Boston University where he earned a master’s degree in composition in 1980. Roger then, at the suggestion of early baroque music scholar Sidney Beck, went to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he began writing choral music and earned a master’s degree in choral conducting in 1985. Roger then began a professional jazz career when he attended the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University in California, studying under visiting teachers Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, and James Moody. As a jazz pianist, Roger went on to be mentored by Helen Keane, who later produced his first jazz album.