| Uman, Ukraine|
| Ruslan Sirota|
| November 4, 1980 (age 35) (1980-11-04) |
Musician, producer, composer
Piano, keyboards, organ
Jazz, Contemporary R&B, Pop music
Stanley Clarke, Josh Groban
Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Thundercat, Flying Lotus
Berklee College of Music
Ruslan Sirota Wikipedia
Ruslan Sirota is a Grammy Award winning pianist, composer, and producer.
Ruslan was born in Uman, Ukraine to a Jewish family on November 4, 1980. His father, Yefim, who was an active local guitarist, had introduced him to music at an early age. Picking up guitar around the age of four, Ruslan had transitioned to piano around the age of seven. In 1990, his family moved to Israel, where he continued to study piano at the Bat-Yam music school. At approximately 14, Ruslan discovered jazz, instantly showing imminent interest. By the age of 16, he was the "wunderkind" keyboardist for the then-popular Israeli jazz fusion band, "Confusion". With Confusion, he toured Israel and made several appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival.
At 18, Ruslan auditioned for the Berklee College of Music, where he received full tuition scholarship, and moved to Boston in January 2000. During his studies at Berklee, Ruslan displayed growing interest in R&B, funk and soul music, playing with local artists and eventually becoming the resident keyboardist in a club called "Wally's Jazz Café".
Circa 2004, Ruslan joined the Stanley Clarke band and moved to Los Angeles, thus marking the beginning of his professional career.
Since then, Ruslan has been touring, performing and recording with major artists (in addition to Clarke), such as Seal, Josh Groban, Ne-Yo, Thundercat, Chick Corea, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Al Jarreau, Jonathan Butler, Dennis Chambers, Victor Wooten, Eric Benét, Rachelle Ferrell, Diane Warren, Los Angeles Philharmonic and countless others. Ruslan released his self-titled debut album, featuring Clarke, Corea and George Duke as special guests, on October 24, 2011. The album was produced by Ruslan and Clarke, recorded at Clarke's production company, Roxboro Entertainment Group, mixed by Yan Perchuk at Vibrant Productions, released on Bungalo Records and distributed by Universal Music Group Distribution.
Ruslan is also a board member of the Magic Music Foundation, a non-profit organization devoted to granting scholarships to music students worldwide, regardless of their choice of music teachers and/or schools.1998: Customade by Confusion
2007: The Toys of Men by Stanley Clarke (also contributing the composition "Jerusalem")
2008: Thunder by S.M.V.
2008: Conflict by Sy Smith
2009: The Quiet Hype by Jupiter Rising
2010: The Stanley Clarke Band by Stanley Clarke (also contributing the composition "Soldier")
2010: Lost in Time by Eric Benét
2011: Platinum Hit: The Winning Songs, Season One
2011: Ruslan by Ruslan Sirota
2013: In This Life by Virgil Donati
2015: Stages by Josh Groban