ROBERT BALZAR was born in Nachod in the Czech Republic and graduated from the Brno Conservatory in double bass and piano. He has been performing in Prague since 1985, beginning with TV bigband.
Since then, he has performed and recorded with some of the greatest names in jazz: Gabriel Jonas; Jazz Face; Emil Viklicky, Q.; Karel Ruzicka, Q.; David Friedman (USA); Allan Praskin (USA); Larry Porter (USA); Joe Newman (Count Basie Big Band); Benny Bailey (formerly with Quincy Jones); Tony Scott (formerly with Bill Evans, John Coltrane); Hal Galper Trio; Benny Golson; Wynton Marsalis; Lew Tabackin; Tony Lakatos; Victor Lewis, and most recently, John Abercrombie.
He was also a member of elite group that played with U.S. President Bill Clinton at the Reduta Jazz Club during Clinton''s 1994 visit to Prague.
Robert has performed at a number of international festivals, such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Prague International Jazz Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Jazz Festival. He has also toured Norway as a member of The Benny Bailey Quartet, as well as the United States and Canada.
In 1996, he formed a group under his own name—The Robert Balzar Trio—and recorded their first CD called "TRAVELLING," which was voted 1998 CD of the Year by Czech Radio "Jazz Test".
In 2000, The Robert Balzar Trio recorded their second CD titled "ALONE," which was voted the Best Czech CD of the Year, and the group was voted 2000 Best Group of the Year.
In 2005, they recorded "OVERNIGHT" on the SonyBMG label, and in the Spring of 2008, The Robert Balzar Trio will release their latest CD, "Tales" featuring John Abercrombie.
The Robert Balzar Trio: STANISLAV MÁCHA - piano; ROBERT BALZAR - bass; JIŘÍ SLAVÍČEK - drums
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