Laszlo Gardony

Laszlo Gardony

Instrument: Piano | Location: Boston

Updated: September 24, 2022

Internationally acclaimed Boston-based jazz pianist and composer Laszlo Gardony is one of the most expressive and technically skilled pianists working in jazz today. “A formidable improviser who lives in the moment" (JazzTimes), Gardony has performed in 27 countries and released 13 albums: ten albums on the Sunnyside label, two on Antilles, and one on Avenue Jazz during his distinguished, decades-long career. Winner of the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, Gardony has been noted for his "fluid pianism" by The New York Times. The legendary Dave Brubeck called him "a great pianist."

His 14th album as a leader, “Close Connection” is due to be released in September 2022 on Sunnyside Records. The album features his trio of 20 years: Yoron Israel (drums) and John Lockwood (bass.)

Laszlo’s performances convey the joy of inspired creation, audience connection, and moving spontaneous improvisations. Gardony's concerts are one-of-a-kind performances drawing from deep feeling, prodigious technique, and a playful curiosity that thrives on interpreting each unique moment. His critically acclaimed 2019 live solo piano album, “La Marseillaise” features his compositions, his arrangements of standards, a classic Italian song, a re-imagination of an iconic French revolutionary song and spontaneously created pieces. New York City Jazz Record says of the album: “‘La Marseillaise’ is a grand organic take on creating music in the moment.” JazzTimes states: “The improvised pieces are bright and majestic examples of on-the-fly creativity at its most developed.”

His previous solo album Serious Play (Sunnyside) was named one of the Best Jazz Albums of 2017 by DownBeat Magazine: "Serious Play combines spontaneity and intent. Improvised in the studio, it's a harmonious, emotionally intense whole that sounds like a concert rather than an arbitrary collection of tunes. No matter how busy Gardony becomes, there's a stillness at the center of his music, a distinctive amalgam of central European folk strains, majestic classical piano and improvisational fearlessness." Both Serious Play and Gardony's 2015 live sextet album Life In Real Time were named by the Boston Globe as one of the "10 Best Jazz Releases of the Year."

Gardony has performed and/or recorded with artists including Dave Holland, Miroslav Vitous, Bob Moses, Mick Goodrick, Yoron Israel, John Lockwood, Jamey Haddad, Bill Pierce, Don Braden, and Stan Strickland. In addition to his own recordings on Sunnyside, Antilles and Avenue, his compositions, arrangements and playing have been featured on jazz releases from Blue Note, Accurate, Rounder, and Ronja Music. Besides being an exceptionally successful band leader, Laszlo is also a sought-after sideman. Other artists who featured him on their recordings include drummer Yoron Israel, flutist, Christian Artmann, guitarist Garrison Fewell,  Matt Glaser's Wayfaring Strangers, and singer Shelley Neill.

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The Boston Globe One of the "Ten Best Jazz CDs of 2017" : Serious Play (Sunnyside) Down Beat Magazine [4-stars] "Serious Play combines spontaneity and intent. Improvised in the studio, it's a harmonious, emotionally intense whole that sounds like a concert rather than an arbitrary collection of tunes. No matter how busy Gardony becomes, there is a stillness at the center of his music, a distinctive amalgam of central European folk strains, majestic classical piano and improvisational fearlessness." - Carlo Wolff All About Jazz "In less than forty minutes, Gardony manages to cycle through a series of thoughts and emotional truths that catalog what we're all experiencing in different ways

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Boston

Willing to teach

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Credentials/Background

A highly respected piano professor at Berklee College of Music, Laszlo Gardony is a master educator. He leads his clinics with skill, conviction, vision, and sensitivity. Students come away inspired, creatively charged and with a deeper understanding of their music. In 2016 Gardony gave a master class at the International Association of Schools of Jazz Conference (IASJ). In 2016 and 2015 he conducted clinics in the Dominican Republic with Marco Pignataro, Managing Director of the Berklee Global Institute. In 2014 he was invited to serve as adjudicator for the Jazz Combo Competition at Harvard. In 2013 he was one of three Berklee professors to be invited to Brazil to give a week of master classes at the Conservatorio Souza Lima. In 2012 he was part of the Berklee All Stars group performing in Germany. In 2002 Laszlo was invited to perform with his trio at the International Association of Jazz Educators Conference. He gave clinics and performed during the 2002 Berklee Scholarship and Audition Tour in Ireland as well. Laszlo holds degrees from the Bela Bartok Conservatory and the Science University in Budapest, as well as the Professional Music Diploma from Berklee College of Music.

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Revolution

From: La Marseillaise
By Laszlo Gardony

Serious Play

From: Serious Play
By Laszlo Gardony

Bourbon Street Boogie

From: Life In Real Time
By Laszlo Gardony

Laszlo Gardony Albums

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Past Concerts

  Sat, Oct 8
Freeport, ME
Laszlo Gardony - Solo Piano
Meetinghouse Arts
Sat, Oct 8. 7:00 pm
  Sun, Oct 30
New York, NY
Laszlo Gardony - Solo Piano
Klavierhaus
Sun, Oct 30. 7:00 pm
  Wed, Nov 16
Worcester, MA
Laszlo Gardony Quartet Feat.: Don Braden
Mechanics Hall
Wed, Nov 16. 12:00 pm
  Thu, Nov 17
  Thu, Nov 17
  Sat, Dec 3
Framingham, MA
Laszlo Gardony (solo Piano)
ATAC: Downtown Arts + Music
Sat, Dec 3. 8:00 pm