Pianist, composer SHAHIN NOVRASLI has already performed in front of some of the world’s most discerning audiences including at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Black Sea Jazz Festival, the Mezinarodni Piano Festival in Prague and clubs and festivals across the USA. Hailing from Azerbaijan, Shahin is a rare talent who has emerged with the various compositional influences gained from his upbringing in a country with an unusual and rich musical heritage. Weaned on the strict classical piano tradition from the age of five, he attended Baku´s famous Bulbul Music School and went on to study at the Hajibeyov Academy of Music. By the time he was eleven years old he had already performed with the local symphony orchestra at the Azerbaijan State Philharmonic Hall and aged eighteen, Shahin played Rachmaninov’s famous and difficult ‘Piano Concerto No 2′ in front of ecstatic audiences. He went on to fuse his classical upbringing successfully with Azerbaijan´s traditional folk music (“Mugham”) and Jazz, developing it into a stunning and accomplished fusion. His music combines two great cultures from the East and the West. A slow curl of exotic melodies, sharp harmony, capricious eastern rhythms and then, lightning quick American Jazz, full of energy and power. With a solo and trio project (featuring Ari Hoenig and Nathan Peck), and several notable collaborations including Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy and Tim Garland, Shahin is the public face of Azerbaijani Jazz today. “A successor to his great compatriot, Vagif Mustafa Zadeh”, “a Rising Star of the world jazz stage” – the young Azerbaijani pianist and composer has received these enthusiastic comments from critics and audiences around the world.