Ruslan Sirota (born November 4, 1980) is a Grammy Award
winning pianist, keyboardist, composer and producer.
Ruslan was born in Uman, Ukraine to a Jewish family on
November 4, 1980. His father, Yefim, who was an active local
guitarist, had introduced him to music at an early age.
Picking up guitar around the age of four, Ruslan had
transitioned to piano around the age of seven. In 1990, his
family moved to Israel, where he continued to study piano at
the Bat-Yam music school. At approximately 14, Ruslan
discovered jazz, instantly showing imminent interest. By the
age of 16, he was the "wunderkind" keyboardist for the then-
popular Israeli jazz fusion band, "Confusion". With
Confusion, he toured Israel and made several appearances at
the Red Sea Jazz Festival.
At 18, Ruslan auditioned for the Berklee College of Music,
where he received full tuition scholarship, and moved to
Boston in January 2000. During his studies at Berklee,
Ruslan displayed growing interest in R&B, funk and soul
music, playing with local artists and eventually becoming
the resident keyboardist in a club called "Wally's Jazz
Café".Circa 2004, Ruslan joined the Stanley Clarke band and
moved to Los Angeles, thus marking the beginning of his
Since then, Ruslan has been touring, performing and
recording with major artists (in addition to Clarke), such
as Seal, Josh Groban, Ne-Yo, Chick Corea, Eric Benét, Marcus
Miller, Dennis Chambers, Rachelle Ferrell, Diane Warren and
countless others. Ruslan released his self-titled debut
album, featuring Clarke, Corea and George Duke as special
guests, on October 24, 2011. The album was produced by
Ruslan and Clarke, recorded at Clarke's production company,
Roxboro Entertainment Group, mixed by Yan Perchuk at Vibrant
Productions, released on Bungalo Records and distributed by
Universal Music Group Distribution.
So far in 2014, Ruslan has served as pianist in the house band for the ABC TV Show Rising Star in 2014 appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live performing with Josh Groban as well as many solo performances. Ruslan is also featured on the new Stanley Clarke album UP with performing and song writing credits.
Ruslan is also a board member of the Magic Music Foundation.
1998: Customade by Confusion
2007: The Toys of Men by Stanley Clarke (also contributing
the composition "Jerusalem")
2008: Thunder by S.M.V.
2008: Conflict by Sy Smith
2009: Inner Portrait by Victor "Too Bad" Little
2009: The Quiet Hype by Jupiter Rising
2010: The Stanley Clarke Band by Stanley Clarke (also
contributing the composition "Soldier")
2010: Lost in Time by Eric Benét
2011: Platinum Hit: The Winning Songs, Season One
2011: Somos by Kennard Ramsey
2011: Bohemian Sun by Sunnie Paxson
2011: Ruslan by Ruslan Sirota
2013: In This Life by Virgil Donati
2014: UP by Stanley Clarke
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