Isfar Sarabski
Isfar Sarabski
Isfar Sarabski.
Background information
Birth name Isfar Rzayev-Sarabski
Born November 2, 1989
Baku, Azerbaijan
Genres Classional
Occupation(s) Pianist, composer
Instruments Piano
Website Official website

Isfar Rzayev-Sarabski (born 2 November in 1989, Baku, Azerbaijan) is an Azerbaijani pianist and composer.

Musical career

Sarabski is great-grandson of Huseyngulu Sarabski, the celebrated Azerbaijani opera singer, actor and one of the founders of Eastern opera.

He graduated from Baku Music Academy and is currently studying at Berklee College of Music. Sarabski has played in the most prestigious concert halls, including: Royal Albert Hall, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Miles Davis Hall, the Vibrato Jazz Club, the Zinco Jazz Club, the Konzerthaus, Asphalt Jazz Club, Duc des Lombards Jazz Club, Porgy & Bess Jazz Club, Bird’s Eye Jazz Club and the Apollo Theater.

Sarabski has played in festivals in Switzerland, Norway, France, Russia and Georgia. He has also appeared at UNESCO’s Paris HQ in April 2012 for ‘International Jazz Day’ with Herbie Hancock and Friends, for which he received a letter of thanks from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. In 2012-2013, he was invited to a gala concert in New York by the Jazz Foundation of America.

In 2011, he formed the Isfar Sarabski Trio with Muscovite Alexander Mashin (drums) and Makar Novikov (bass). The trio has played many festivals and concert venues in America and Europe.

Sarabski has played with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Oleg Lundstrem Orchestra and musicians including Igor Butman, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Williams, Mark Guiliana, Alan Hampton, Pat Senatore, Greg Swiller, Erik Klass, Christian Weber and Samuel Rohrer, Malcolm Creese, James Maddren.

His compositions include: Novruz, G-Man, Generation, Edge, DejaVu, Melancholy Evening, Last Chance, Prelude, Agent, Revival, Eastern Market, Now I’m Here, InTransit to New York, Buta, Lullaby, Limping Stranger, Cobra Dance and In Memory of Vagif Mustafazadeh.