Pat Jaffe is a 22 year-old Pianist/Composer from Melbourne, Australia who creates music that sits somewhere at the midpoint between the jazz and classical genres. While at school he was mentored by the legendary South African pianist Howard Belling (from the age of eight up until eighteen) and more recently has studied with Tim Stevens and Joe O’Connor.
Pat was the recipient of the 2020 Allan Zavod Performers’ Award, for performance of an original composition that fuses classical music with improvisation. In 2019 he recorded with the Monash Art Ensemble and the Jonathan Cooper Quintet before spending the second half of the year based in Denmark.
In January 2020, Pat visited Masterkey Studios in Reykjavík to record his debut album, Eldorado, with acclaimed
producer/engineer Sturla Mio Þórisson. The album (scheduled for release in October, 2020) is mainly composed of solo piano works but also includes two tracks with the Icelandic chamber ensemble, Siggi String Quartet.
Currently, Pat is working on a collaboration with Academy Award winning singer-songwriter Markéta Irglová. He also plays Double Bass, is a final year Bachelor of Economics student and competes in running and orienteering races.
Photo credit: Kevin Praditra