Pianist Marat Gabbasov was born in Troitsk in the Chelyabinsk region of Russia. He started to play piano at the age of 7. When he was 12, Gabbasov participated in his first jazz competition and became one of the winners.
During his studies in Moscow, Marat took part in various jazz festivals and competitions. He became one of the winners in the competitions in Moscow, Sochi, Rostov-na-Donu, Doneck, Ukraine; Yalta, Ukraine; and Aktobe, Kazakhstan. In 2009, Gabbasov won the grand prize in the sixth "Piano in Jazz" competition in Moscow. That same year, he visited the U.S. for the first time and had the opportunity to perform in the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for an audience of several thousand people. From 2009-2010, Gabbasov was a member of the jazz ensemble "Green Wave," led by the famous Russian saxophonist Alexandr Oseichuk. Recently, Gabbasov has graduated from the Gnesins Russian Academy of music and now studies at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
As the son of two musicians, Davis Whitfield's early years in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were filled with music. He began playing guitar at age five and moved to Jersey City, New Jersey, at eight, where he began studying piano. While attending high school, Whitfield was accepted by the Jersey City University Visual and Performing Arts Program and served as the principal pianist in its jazz ensemble for four years. In 2008, Whitfield became the assistant director for the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, writing arrangements and performing weekly at the Jazz Standard in New York City.
Whitfield received a scholarship from the National Foundation for Advancement of the Arts and attended the 2011 YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida. He also received full scholarships to attend the Berklee Summer Jazz Workshop in 2009–2010 and a presidential scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music for his undergraduate degree.
At 21 years old, Clifton Williams is an accomplished pianist from Washington, D.C. In the spring of 2010, Williams was invited by the U.S Ambassador to Vienna to perform a series of concerts in Vienna, Austria, and Paris, France. He is a graduate (valedictorian) of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School and now attends Berklee College of Music on a presidential scholarship. While at Berklee, he has taken full advantage of its prominence, accompanying numerous concerts, vocal classes, and recitals.
Recently, Williams has toured with the Harlem Gospel Choir both nationally and internationally. He is a dual major in music education and contemporary writing and production. He aspires to be a well-rounded musician and an inspiration to all who encounter him.