"He is a passionate man who feels deeply, and he has the talent to express those feelings through his playing. You can not help but be moved by his performance.” – Frank Rubolino, Cadence.
Eyran Katsenelenbogen is a pianist who has performed throughout the world. In 2019 he released his latest solo album, titled Outstandards, with a concert tour that included venues in the U.S., Europe and Israel. Since 2020 Katsenelenbogen is a member of the Recording Academy.
Katsenelenbogen's recordings have been reviewed by jazz publications such as Jazziz, JazzTimes, Jazz Journal International and All About Jazz, which stated in its review of Eyran’s previous release: "88 Fingers is truly a virtuoso's work. Perhaps Katsenelenbogen is most in league with [Art] Tatum for this fact: he sets the bar towards which other pianists must strive."
A classically trained pianist with a jazz style, Katsenelenbogen has performed and recorded in venues such as the Iridium Jazz Club, New York; Teatro di Marcello, Rome; the Tel-Aviv Jazz & Blues Festival; Bechstein Centrum, Hamburg; Mirrors Hall, Saint Petersburg; Scullers Jazz Club, Boston; Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, MA; Saint Joseph Theatre, Scarborough, UK; and the Glenn Gould Studio, Toronto. Radio and TV appearances include WGBH, WERS and WHRB, USA; BBC Radio York, UK; Israel Broadcasting Authority (IBA); and Radio Télévision Belge Francophone (RTBF), Belgium.
In addition to solo touring, Katsenelenbogen has also performed with his Pictures At An Exhibition: Classical Meets Jazz collaboration with Russian classical pianist Andrei Ivanovitch. Following performances in Germany and Russia, the American premiere of Pictures At An Exhibition: Classical Meets Jazz took place at Jordan Hall in Boston on May 24, 2009, and was released on DVD the following year.
In 2014, Katsenelenbogen has toured the east coast of China with pianist Tal Zilber. During their Piano Fight concert tour, Katsenelenbogen and Zilber performed at the Dalian International Conference Center, the Hai Tian Grand Theatre Hotel, the Weifang Culture and Art Center, the Taiyuan Poly Great Theatre, the Henan Art Center in Zhongzhou, the Wuhan Qin Tai Grand Theatre, the Xuzhou Concert Hall and the Hong Tai Center in Xiamen. In 2015, Katsenelenbogen returned to China alone for a tour titled Jazz and Classical Highlights China Solo Tour dedicated to his mother, Pnina Katsenelenbogen. During that tour he performed fifteen concerts in various venues, including the Cathay Pacific Arts Center Concert Hall, the Wuhu Grand Theatre and the Guangzhou Opera House.
Since 1996, Katsenelenbogen has held a faculty position at the New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) Preparatory School and School of Continuing Education in Boston. At NEC, he has pioneered innovative techniques for teaching improvisation to students with special abilities and diverse needs. As the first piano teacher of jazz prodigy Matt Savage, Katsenelenbogen helped kick off Savage's recording career at the age of seven with their CD One is Not Fun, but 20 is Plenty.
Eyran Katsenelenbogen is a descendent of Rabbi Meir Katzenellenbogen (c. 1482 – 12 January 1565) who was born in Katzenelnbogen, Germany. On July 28, 2012, Eyran Katsenelenbogen performed a concert at the town hall of Katzenelnbogen by invitation of its Mayor, Horst Klöppel, in celebration of the town’s 700th anniversary.
Katsenelenbogen was born in Israel and was first taught by Aida Barenboim, mother and teacher of pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim. He went on to complete his music education at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, where he trained with Ran Blake, Paul Bley, Fred Hersch, Danilo Pérez, George Russell and Gunther Schuller.
Eyran has been committed throughout his life to improvisational piano music. "He is a passionate man who feels deeply, and he has the talent to express those feelings through his playing... You can not help but be moved by his performance." – Frank Rubolino, Cadence.