Kaviani’s album features piano transcriptions and improvisations of classical, film, indie and trip hop ranging from Bach and Rachmaninoff to Massive Attack and Portishead 

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“He’s simply the most exciting solo pianist around” – Alexander Armstrong 
First single out now 

Arsha Kaviani – a rising star in the piano world – has announced his debut album Accents & Echoes which he will release on his own label SRSLY on 28 June. Born to Iranian parents and brought up in Dubai, Kaviani took to the piano from a young age and soon began composing, transcribing and improvising by ear. He moved to the UK aged 15 to receive formal music training via a scholarship, culminating in a Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Music, and has lived in London ever since. During his training, Arsha was mentored by classical powerhouses such as Lang Lang and Daniel Barenboim. His playing has won praise from legendary pianists of our time, including Sir Stephen Hough, who called him a “fearless and adventurous pianist”, and Krystian Zimerman, who commended Arsha’s “unique gift for music” and “charismatic approach”. 

Kaviani is equally at home performing to a packed-out Royal Albert Hall as he is improvising to an intimate audience of 30. His work as a composer sees him work with songwriters and musicians across a wide variety of genres, and he is currently working on two film scores with acclaimed Hollywood talent, with further details to be announced in due course.  He thrives off improvisation, often asking audience members to jot down themes, thoughts or musical notes on a piece of manuscript paper during intervals of his solo recitals for him to improvise on in the second half.  

Accents & Echoes, Kaviani’s debut album, is a showcase of his multi-faceted musical career. Representing his classical training, the album includes his interpretations of one of J. S. Bach’s most famous solo piano works, the Concert Etude on Prelude in C Major, and his Fantasy on Fugue BWV 539, originally composed for organ. The recording also features Kaviani’s original transcriptions of classical piano concertos for solo piano, including works by Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Brahms and Medtner. Other reworkings include the first movement of Scriabin’s Symphony No. 1, and ‘Vocalise’ from Rachmaninoff’s 14 Romances, originally written for voice and keyboard. 

The rest of the album consists of improvisations over familiar melodies, including jazz pianist Bill Evans’ classic, We Will Meet Again, and Alex North’s ‘Love Theme’, composed for the film Spartacus. The recording also includes Kaviani’s piano versions of songs from the pop and rock genre: The Rip by British band Portishead, trip hop group Massive Attack’s Teardrop, and indie band Khruangbin’s A Hymn

The album culminates in Kaviani’s own composition, Accents & Echoes, a homage to the vast range of music that has inspired him throughout his life. The 21-minute piano sonata combines musical themes from the late Romantic period, a Baroque-inspired triple fugue and modes from Persian music, all refracted through Kaviani’s unique compositional voice. 

Arsha Kaviani said: “This album represents all of the musical ‘accents and echoes’ I have absorbed throughout my life. I came to composition through improvisation and transcription, reinterpreting the eclectic genres of music that I loved through my own lens – my Sonata, the album’s namesake, represents how that inspiration allowed me to find my own musical voice. To finally put this music out into the world, when it was living internally for so long, is a wonderful feeling.” 

Accents & Echoes will be available as a digital album on 28 June.