Billboard award winner and laureate of numerous jazz contests, Evgeny Lebedev quickly established himself as one of the most promising young pianists in today’s jazz scene. Evgeny already performed and recorded with luminaries like Jack De Johnette, Marcus Miller, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Sanchez, David Fiuczynski and participated in prestigious festivals, including North Sea Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Jazz a Juan, Tanglewood Jazz Festival and more. Evgeny appears on more than 10 CD’s and released three albums under his own name, that were highly marked by critics in Japan, USA and Russia.
Evgeny Lebedev was born in Moscow, Russia. His musical background consisted of Russian Folk music, which was often played in his household. Inspired by his family, Evgeny took up the accordion at age of 8. Since than, he was performing folk music in various prestigious music festivals and won several accordion contests. At the age of 15, Evgeny began studying piano and immediately fell in love with it. Between 1999 and 2001 he attended the Moscow College of Arts where he studied under Evgeny Grechischev. In 2002, Evgeny entered Gnessins' Russian Academy of Music where he studied under internationally acclaimed professor/performer Igor Brill. Evgeny has taken part in the following jazz festivals: Jazz at the Hermitage Garden (Moscow 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011); Eurasia (Orenburg, Russia, 2001 and 2002); International Jazz Festival in Minsk, Belarus (2002); VI International Moscow Jazz Festival in memory of Willis Connover (2001); Russian Night in Davos (Switzerland 2005); Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (USA 2005); North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Usadba Jazz Festival (Moscow,Russia); Tanglewood Jazz Festival (USA 2009),performed in Germany, England, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Estonia and more. Evgeny received awards at the Moscow Jazz Festival of Young Performers in 1999 and 2001. He holds a diploma from the New Names Charity Foundation.
In 2004, Evgeny entered Berklee College of Music on scholarship, where he studied with Hal Crook, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, JoAnne Brackeen. In September 2010, Evgeny Lebedev received special prize as a Best Soloist and took 1st place with his band “World Trio” at 32nd edition of Jazz Hoeilaart Competition in Belgium.
Mr. Evgeny Lebedev has joined the faculty of the Piano School of NYC in 2012