Steinway 2-Piano Festival

Elchin Shirinov & Ivo Neame

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Last Show: Saturday 18 th March 2023

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Elchin Shirinov is a jazz pianist, composer and arranger, originally from Azerbaijan, who recently completed his third album as a member of the Avishai Cohen Trio. Elchin will be joined by an award-winning pianist and composer Ivo Neame, who himself was a core member of Phronesis, and a formidable band leader in his own right.

Elchin Shirinov 

From 2018 to Oct 2022 Elchin was a member of the famous jazz double bassist Avishai Cohen's trio, during which time he recorded 3 albums as part of the trio and toured internationally at festivals and venues such as Blue Note New York jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, Blue Note Tokyo jazz club, Tokyo Jazz festival, Jazz a Vienne, Jazz in Marciac, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Berlin Philharmonie concert hall, Paris Jazz festival. The most recent album Shifting Sands was chosen as Album of the Month in The Guardian newspaper:

"The pianist is Elchin Shirinov, the thoughtful but forceful Azerbaijani musician who played on both Two Roses and Arvoles...Cohen's vivacious bass improv and Shirinov's contrastingly imperturbable lyricism glow through this fine set - and if the new tunes add few surprises to the leader's signature songbook, the playing is incandescent.”
John Fordham, The Guardian

Ivo Neame 

Ivo Neame is an award-winning pianist and composer. In addition to leading his own bands, he has featured in several of European jazz’s most forward-looking groups including Phronesis and the Marius Neset Quintet. He regularly performs at jazz festivals worldwide, collaborating with ensembles as diverse as the Frankfurt Radio Big Band and the London Sinfonietta. Ivo studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and since leaving in 2003 he has performed and recorded with highly esteemed musicians at home and abroad such as Hermeto Pascoal, Gilad Hekselman and Kenny Wheeler. His eighth album under his own name “Glimpses of Truth’ was released on Whirlwind Recordings in November 2021.

“Ivo Neame is one of the very best jazz pianists on the UK scene” BANDCAMP DAILY

Ivo is an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an Associate Member of PRS and a Professor of Jazz Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is also a member of the Featured Artists’ Coalition and a member of the Ivors Academy Jazz Committee.