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Eldar E. Djangirov, 28 January 1987, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Writing and performing under his first given name, Eldar is an extraordinary musical talent. Born and raised in the former Soviet Union country of Kyrgyzstan, Eldar began playing piano at the young age of three, taught by his mother, who was a music teacher. Additionally his fathers love of jazz meant that from his early childhood Eldar was exposed to hearing the musicians that would become his future heroes, and would influence and inspire his own music and technique. He moved to the USA with his family in 1998, after earning himself a scholarship at the world renowned Interlochen Centre for Arts in Michigan, having been noticed while playing at a jazz festival in Siberia. He lived with his family in Kansas City, where they had moved largely because of its rich history of jazz and thriving culture. Eldar attended a summer camp at the art school every year between 1998 and 2001.