Japanese pianist Takeshi Ohbayashi, a finalist in the 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival's Solo Jazz Piano Competition, brings his innovative originals and arrangements to Kendall Square. Ohbayashi was born in Hiroshima in 1987. He began to play piano at the age of two but changed to trumpet when he was 12. He met a jazz pianist recently who inspired him to take up the piano again and pursue his love of jazz. He quickly became recognized in his home city for his unique style, innovative original tunes and arrangements of jazz standards.
After establishing himself in Hiroshima and Tokyo, Takeshi won a scholarship to attend Berklee in 2007. He traveled to Montreux that summer to compete in the Montreux Jazz Festival's Solo Jazz Piano Competition. He was one of 16 semi-finalists chosen from hundreds of applicants worldwide. He is currently studying with Danilo Perez, Joanne Brackeen, Hal Crook, Dave Santoro, Ralph Peterson, and Terri Lyne Carrington.