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Daniel Kramer

Daniel Kramer (piano) is a very important person on Russian jazz scene. He graduated from the State Music and Pedagogic University named after Gnesins (the class was guided by professor E.Ya. Liberman) as classical pianist, but had become interested in jazz music during his being a student. In 1982 D.Kramer was awarded the first prize at the piano jazz improvisators contest in Vilnius (Lithuania) and since then he has conquered audiences in many countries by his vast repertoire. His solo recitals and performances in collaboration with various musicians took place in many countries, such as France, the USA, Spain, Australia, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Sweden, Hungary, Poland, Austria, Germany, Finland, China as well as in countries of Africa and Central America. Kramer participated in many renowned international jazz festivals, namely: Munchner Klavier sommer (Germany), Manly Jazz Festival (Australia), European Jazz Festival (Spain), Baltic Jazz (Finland), Foire de Paris (France) etc.

D. Kramer is also engaged in pedagogical activity. His methodology is now used by jazz departments of music schools and colleges. In 1994 Daniel Kramer for the first time in the history of Moscow State Conservatory opened a class of jazz improvisation.

Collections of jazz pieces and adaptations of Kramer’s music themes published by various publishers became very popular in Russia.