Jeff Vidov – keyboard

  • Role
    Keyboard player, lead and background vocalist, rhythm guitar player
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Canadian born composer/pianist Jeff Vidov first attracted attention by winning the SOCAN Composer’s Award for his first orchestral work “AWAKEN” in 1994. Jeff received his BM as a scholarship student at the prestigious Eastman School of Music (one of the top music schools in the USA) and his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music and had private lessons with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner, as well as eminent composers Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Richard Danielpour and Robert Morris and learned vocal technique for 3 years from Donald Neuen (student of the famous vocal conductor Robert Shaw). Jeff is an in-demand session musician in Toronto and has played theaters across Canada with the original “LEGENDS” band with Elvis singers and legendary Canadian singer Bobby Curtola, and Colm Wilkinson. Jeff also enjoys singing high background harmonies for these groups and other bands.

As a classical pianist Jeff has played much of the repertoire including many piano concerti of Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Liszt and he has accompanied many opera singers and instrumentalists. As choir accompanist Jeff has also performed much of the choral repertoire with many choirs in Toronto and he can read/play choral parts (up to 8 voices) during rehearsals. As jazz pianist Jeff has performed/recorded with numerous big bands in Toronto and smaller jazz combo’s. In the Corktown (string) Orchestra in Toronto Jeff was called upon to play piano and mostly harpsichord for the mostly baroque repertoire over 7 years.

Jeff is the owner of H. of C recording Studios in Toronto where he records his film scores, pop/rock/jazz music and does remote recording of choirs and classical groups in the Toronto area which he multi-tracks and masters to give his clients the best mix possible. He plays Korg Kronos, Roland Fantom G8 and Kurzweil PC3K8 synthesizers and several other instruments including guitar and bass. Jeff has composed hundreds of pop/rock/jazz/blues/musical theater songs and excels at songwriting and lyric writing. He has completed a 2cd solo jazz piano cd, a 2cd pop/rock cd, a 2cd prog rock opera, a church organ double album, and will soon be recording a blues and a World music cd.