A vibrant young saxophonist from Rostov, who is known for consistently discovering and inventing fresh sounds through modern improvised music. Following the footsteps of today’s legends such as Joshua Redman or Mark Turner, Sergej reinvents the saxophone by constantly staying receptive and reactive, while still communicating concise heartwarming melodies that stick to listeners’ souls.
Sergej Avanesov started to play tenor-saxophone at the age of 9, when he began studying at the Rostov Children Jazz School n/a Kim Nazaretov in Russia. After graduating from the Jazz School Sergej decided to continue his education abroad, passed the exams, and entered the Prince Claus Conservatory in Groningen, The Netherlands, where he then studied with Don Braden and Miguel Martinez.
While at the conservatory, Sergej performed with different bands in various countries and at multiple festivals, such as Idstein Jazz Festival, Germany; Mechelen, Belgium; Rostov International Jazz Festival, Russia; Bimhuis, Amsterdam; Amphion Jazz Fest, Doetinchem; and Something Jazz Club in NYC, United States. He had a chance to play with Alex Sipiagin, Robin Eubanks, David Berkman and Gene Jackson. Recently Sergej got back from South Korea after performing in Seoul, Inchon, and Changwon with Sergej Avanesov-Yoonmi Choi quartet.
Currently Sergej lives and performs in New York. He studies at Queens College with the great Antonio Hart.