Matyas Gayer is one of the few leading figures in the new generation of jazz musicians and young pianists who is successfully forging his own distinctive style and musical voice out of the greatness of a jazz piano tradition.
The London based Hungarian pianist, first fell in love with the music at the age of five. Gayer has been showing passion to straight ahead, mainstream jazz and has been already performing on various stages such as Palace of Arts, Budapest since the early teenage years. Gayer started his professional music studies under the tutelage of Karoly Binder, head of the Franz Liszt Academy of Music.
In 2012 the Generations International Jazz Festival selected Gayer for piano and was awarded the opportunity to record a CD in the famous Winterthur Studio in Switzerland and study with some of the jazz world’s elites, including Louis Hayes and Peter Washington.
Gayer often goes to New York and collaborates with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, playing at well-known establishments in New York including Club Bonafide.
In both year of 2014 and 2015, Matyas Gayer was finalist at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition and in 2015 he won the most prestigious Hungarian jazz prize, the Gramofon Award.
The young pianist has played with many of the jazz’s greats such as Jesse Davis, Jim Rotondi, Grant Stewart, Luis Bonilla, Don Menza, Dusko Goykovich, John Fedchock, Stjepko Gut etc.
Audiences and fellow musicians alike cannot help but come under the spell of his playing – not so much because of his sheer technique, which is incidentally amazing to be sure, as on account of the superb originality and resourcefulness with which he approaches even the best-known standards and makes them his own.
Budapest Jazz Club, 2014