MARIAN PETRESCU

It´s a massive coup for us to be able to bring jazz maestro and Grammy Award winner Marian Petrescu to Generations in Jazz. Those who have experienced Marian playing live know that it’s an experience you never forget.

There are no words to describe the joyful phenomenon that is Marian Petrescu, Romanian-born jazz pianist extraordinaire, not surprisingly hailed by some as “the best jazz pianist in the world”.

With his background of solid classical training, dazzling technique and dynamic interpretation, Romanian born Marian Petrescu is passionately interested in jazz and the adventurous world of improvisation.

Marian Petrescu is a true master of improvisation, with effortless control over everything from ragtime to modern jazz

Petrescu made his debut at the Pori Jazz festival at the young age of 15. Since then his career has been characterized by international success. Since then has been admired by musicians and audiences and has blessed stages all over the world with his explosive virtuoso playing style. He has performed in Australia, Mexico City, Oslo, Vienna and Paris, plus at the Kremlin Classical Piano Festival in Russia, and is presently living in Finland

In 1989, his international reputation was further enhanced by winning the coveted ”Martial” solo jazz piano prize in Paris against stiff opposition from the finest players from around the world.

Marian has played with many stars: Arturo Sandoval, Toots Thielemans, James Morrison, Al Jarreau, Didier Lockwood, Jon Larsen, Richie Beirach, Tony Williams, Ulf Wakenius, Ray Charles band, Lars Danielsson, Riccardo Del Fra, Ron McClure and Hot Club de Norvege. Marian’s style is eclectic, and he enjoys all styles of jazz, from ragtime to modern. His mentor in Paris, Martial Solal, calls Marian “the Horowitz of Jazz Piano”, and his touch is distinct and clear as glass, obviously inspired by Oscar Peterson.

Tremendous stage presence, peerless technical prowess, fingers like the wings of a hummingbird, Petrescu will leave no musical stone unturned.

Marian Petrescu is greatly inspired by Oscar Peterson, a true legend of the 20th century. Maybe that´s why US studio technicians have called Marian “Oscar Peterson on steroids”. Petrescu has recieved standing ovations over the whole world for breathing life back into the wonderful legacy of the Canadian jazz Goliath

When it comes to jazz, Marian Petrescu will quite simply blow your mind.