New York-based pianist and composer Taylor Eigsti started playing the piano when he was 4 years old, inspired by his sister Shannon, a jazz and rock pianist. His musical journey since has been filled with many exciting opportunities to grow as a musician, artist, and educator. Eigsti started bandleading at age 12, was quickly labeled a prodigy, and released 4 early albums as a leader before having the opportunity to sign with Concord Records. Eigsti released "Lucky to Be Me" in 2006, which was nominated for two GRAMMY awards for Best Instrumental Compostion and Best Instrumental Jazz Solo.
The past few years have been especially exciting for the 26 year old California native. Building on the momentum of the previous record, Eigsti was featured on the cover of both Keyboard Magazine and Jazziz Magazine, and was featured in his own BET Television special. Eigsti then released "Let it Come to You"(Concord) 2008, quickly garnering many four-star reviews from such publications as Downbeat Magazine and All Music Guide, and went to #2 in National Jazz Radio Airplay. This album also featured Eigsti's original visual art within the packaging. The national spotlight has allowed many more listeners to become accustomed to Eigsti, which has led to the good fortune of performing or recording with such luminaries as Dave Brubeck, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, James Moody, Ernestine Anderson, David Benoit, Frederica Von Stade, Gretchen Parlato, Dave Douglas, The Clayton Brothers, and Red Holloway, among many others. He has also performed internationally for 11 years with GRAMMY nominated guitarist Julian Lage, his close musical collaborator. Eigsti has been featured on many radio shows, including Marian McPartland's award-winning NPR program "PianoJazz" on three occasions. Eigsti has been recognized by critics internationally for his unique touch and rhythmic control, and his innovative improvisational storytelling.
Eigsti has also incorporated a diverse educational career, leading numerous masterclasses and clinics for 15 years at music workshops and camps, and various colleges such as the University of North Texas, UC Berkeley, Skidmore College, NYU, San Jose St, and many more. He is on the advisory board of Stanford Jazz Workshop, where he has taught for 11 years, and has been the featured guest artist artist at the prestigious Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific, and artist in residence at the Jazzschool Institute in Berkeley, CA.
Recently, Taylor has recently released a brand-new recording for the Concord Music Group - his seventh - entitled "Daylight at Midnight" which features the great singer-songwriter Becca Stevens, Harish Raghavan on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. A departure from previous albums, this project integrates the influence of lyrically-driven acoustic rock music through covers of songs by Coldplay, Feist, MuteMath, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, and many others, in addition to originals.