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Instruments  Piano, Keyboard
Years active  1989 — present

Name  James Gelfand
Genres  Jazz, Classical music
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Born  April 3, 1959 (age 56) Montreal, Quebec, Canada (1959-04-03)
Occupation(s)  Pianist, Composer, Arranger
Website  http://www.jamesgelfand.com
Role  Pianist · jamesgelfand.com
Albums  Setting The Standard, Exploding Sun (Original Television Soundtrack), Time Zones
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James Gelfand (born April 3, 1959) is a Canadian jazz pianist, arranger, and composer. He is best known for his film and television scores.

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Early life

Gelfand was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada into a large Jewish family. He is the great-grandson of Jacob Pascal, founder of J. Pascal's Hardware and Furniture. He is married with two children.

He began classical piano training at the age of four. During his teens, Gelfand diverged into jazz and other styles. Performing and competing at jazz festivals throughout North America and Europe, he has won a number of prestigious awards.

Professional career

Gelfand recorded a number of cross-over albums combining jazz and classical styles. He has performed on over 40 albums, with 8 under his own name. During his earlier career, he established The James Gelfand Trio and The James Gelfand Group.

With his ability to compose in various styles such as techno, orchestral, folk, and jazz, Gelfand began writing score for film and television. He has composed the music for over 30 films and 300 television broadcasts.

Discography

James Gelfand has contributed piano/keyboard to numerous albums, including:

Film and television

James Gelfand currently writes score for film and television productions.

Awards and honours

  • 1989 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition - Performed in Washington, DC in semifinals
  • 1989 Thelonious Monk International Piano Competition - Performed in Washington, DC in semifinals
  • 1991 2nd Place The Great American Jazz Piano Competition - Jacksonville Jazz Festival - International Competition
  • 1992 ADISQ nomination - Arranger of the Year - Children's Standards
  • 1992 Winner of the Montreal International Jazz Festival Competition (James Gelfand Trio)
  • 1995 Juno Award - Best Contemporary Jazz Album - The Merlin Factor
  • 1997 Juno nomination - Best Contemporary Jazz Album - Time Zones (James Gelfand Group)
  • 1997 Keyboardist of the Year - Jazz Report Magazine Awards
  • 1998 Keyboardist of the Year - Jazz Report Magazine Awards
  • 1999 Keyboardist of the Year - Jazz Report Magazine Awards
  • 2000 Keyboardist of the Year - Jazz Report Magazine Awards
  • 2001 Jutra Award - Best Original Score - Les Muses Orphelines
  • 2003 Gemini Award nomination - Best Dramatic Score - Silent Night
  • 2005 Jutra nomination - Best Music - Jack Paradise (Les nuits de Montréal)
  • 2005 SOCAN Award - International Television Series Music Award
  • 2006 SOCAN Award - International Television Series Music Award
  • 2007 SOCAN Award - International Film Series Music Award
  • 2008 Gemini Award nomination - Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Program, Mini-Series or TV Movie - St. Urbain's Horseman
  • References

    James Gelfand Wikipedia


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