Igor Stotland started to attend music classes at the age of 7. He has completed piano and drum courses at the Dunaevsky School in Moscow. Then, he continued his music education at the Gnesiny School and the Russian Music Academy. He played in students’ jazz bands and orchestras; together with the Sukhikh band, participated in a jazz seminar held in Poland. Among his tutors, there were remarkable personalities and gifted masters of the Russian modern drum school: V. Umrikhin, M. Kovalevskiy, and A. Makurov. Having graduated from the Gnesiny Music Academy, Igor Stotland has given tuition at the Gnesiny School for three years. Having graduated from the Gnesiny School, Igor was invited to play for the Natalia Ovcharova’s vocal band at the Moskvorechie Studio in Moscow; then he has worked with the Sergey Zhilin’s Phonograph band for three years. Igor Stotland also has a unique experience of working with Igor Bril, a famous pianist, professor, and tutor of the Russian Music Academy. Igor Stotland has got a vast experience of performing at jazz festivals such as the Djakarta Jazz Festival in Indonesia. Igor Stotland worked, and went on tours, with Victor Zinchuk, Sergey Penkin, and other famous Moscow musicians. At present, he works with Valeria. Igor is always happy to participate in album recording for various Russian bands. Igor endeavors to promote the art of drumming; he participates in concerts of the Moscow FM Club, Monday Drummer, master classes, jam sessions, and other activities of musicians and drummers of various styles and schools. “It is difficult to identify my own style,” says Igor. “It comes naturally when I am at the drums. Of course, I have my own preferences which include jazz, funk, Latino. Sometimes I like play rock. In general, I respect any existing music style provided it is performed professionally. I believe a true musician should not get stuck on one style rather try playing various styles and ensuring professional performance and enjoying it. That is the way to one’s own style,” he continues. “As for my preferences, my favorite drummers are Tony Williams, Dennis Chambers, Horacio, "El Negro" Hernandez, Jack DeJohnette, Buddy Rich, Omar Hakim, Peter Erskine, just to name a few. There are a lot of other drummers to learn from.”
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