About the artist
Born in Azerbaijan, Isfar Sarabski comes from a family of musicians, his grandfather being the famous opera singer Huseyngulu Sarabski. From the age of 7 he started studying the classic piano and at the age of 19 he became the first Azerbaijan winner of the piano competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Having participated in many European festivals, he was invited to perform at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris in 2012 (alongside Herbie Hancock) and in 2015. The Sarabaski Trio was formed in 2011, at Isfar’s initiative, including musicians Alexander Mashin and Makar Novikov . The trio had performances at various festivals and concerts in Europe and North America.
Thanks to his classical training, Isfar Sarabski approaches acoustic reinterpretations of classical music pieces (Bach, Chopin, Tchaikovsky) in his concerts, but he also performs jazz standards, Piazzola tango or pop music. The latest compositions are created in electro-jazz style to better represent the artist’s most intimate thoughts and moods.
One of his most well-received collaborations was the one with Dhafer Youssef in 2016, having concerts all over Europe and Oceania to promote the album “Birds Requiem.”