Summer Music Academy 2017

Aaron Goldberg





Aaron Goldberg, piano (USA)

Jazz: An Improvisational Language


The Gala Concert will take place on September 21, 2017, at 9:00 pm., at Sofia Live Club, featuring the most successful participants in the Academy, with the special participation of their tutors. The auditions for all instrumentalists and singers, jazz and classical musicians (no age restrictions) will be held on September 10, 2017, at the Aula of New Bulgarian University or via online submission of materials.

The audition for instrumentalists requires candidates to prepare three pieces (jazz/pop standard, classical or original compositions) in fast, medium and slow tempos.

The audition for singers requires candidates to prepare a folk/ethno song, jazz standard, and a piece of their choice.


Aaron Goldberg began his artistic journey by falling in love with jazz as a teenager. Driven equally by a passion for improvisation and the soulful rigor of the music, he amassed invaluable sideman and collaborative experiences while in college, and continued honing his skills and his vision in the years that immediately followed. He now stands as a leader with his own personal perspective on one of jazz’s most revered formats: the piano trio.

Goldberg grew up in the Boston area, spent a year studying at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in NYC, and returned to Boston to pursue an interdisciplinary degree in philosophy and psychology at Harvard College, graduating magna cum laude in 1996. In the process he formed early and long-lasting musical friendships with such notable contemporaries as Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Guillermo Klein, Omer Avital and Mark Turner. Invited at 18 to join vocal icon Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program for young musicians, he was Carter’s pianist of choice at the time of her death. Other multigenerational jazz masters who subsequently called upon Goldberg’s services include Al Foster, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Nicholas Payton and Wynton Marsalis.

While Goldberg has kept busy for the past two decades as a valued collaborator with these and other bandleaders, his heart has long been focused on his own trio music. Beginning in the late ‘90s Goldberg has developed a profile in which a thorough understanding of jazz verities, including a passion for swing, melody and groove, is paired with an equally keen and ever-expanding appreciation of other musical cultures. His vision has been captured in a series of discs he has recorded over the past 17 years in conversation with the stellar rhythm section of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland. The group’s most recent effort, The Now, features music from Brazil and Haiti as well as original compositions and classics by Charlie Parker and Warne Marsh.