ABOUT ROB LUFT //
Rob Luft is an award-winning 25-year-old jazz guitarist from London whose virtuosity has been compared to that of six-string legends John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola & Paco De Lucia. Praised by The Times for performances with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in 2015, who said he was destined ‘to achieve great things in the future’, Rob was subsequently the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Prize from The Royal Academy of Music in association with Edition Records, and he also received the 2nd Prize in The 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. His debut album, “Riser”, was released on Edition Records in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim from the European jazz media. John Fordham wrote in The Guardian that it’s a “very sophisticated debut, but given Luft’s old-soul achievements since his early teens, we should have heard it coming”. Subsequently, on the back of the success of his first album, Rob was nominated for a string of awards – Breakthrough Act in the 2018 Jazz FM Awards, Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards and Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2019 Jazz FM Awards. In May 2019, Rob was selected as BBC New Generation Jazz Artist 2019-2021, an accolade granted to “some of the world’s most exceptional young musicians” (Emma Bloxham, Editor, BBC Radio 3).
“I’m absolutely over the moon to be joining BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists Scheme this autumn, and to have the opportunity to work with their team until December 2021. For me, this has come at an incredibly fortuitous moment as I prepare to hit the studio with my quintet to record my second album for Edition Records to be released in 2020!”
Concert highlights for Rob include performances with artists including Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Loose Tubes, and Laura Jurd’s “Dinosaur”. Rob is a regular member of a multitude of some of London’s finest modern jazz groups, such as Byron Wallen’s “Four Corners”, Eddie Parker’s “Airborn”, and the Chris Batchelor/Steve Buckley quintet. Additionally, his playing has been documented on a wide variety of albums over the past five years, for example the ‘Sweet Sister Suite’ by Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra (SNJO), Liane Carroll’s album ‘Seaside’ (Linn Records), two albums from Italian drum virtuoso Enzo Zirilli on Milanese label UR Records (‘Zirobop’ & ‘Ten to Late’) and the last release from Misha Mullov-Abbado on Edition Records (‘Cross-Platform Interchange’). Finally, he was the recipient of the 2015 Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles: Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf.
“So young and so talented! JAMIE CULLUM, BBC RADIO 2 (UK)
“23-year-old Londoner Rob Luft has delivered the most fully-realised and rewarding debut album from a guitarist-composer since Julian Lage’s 2009 outing, Sounding Point…” DOWNBEAT 4.5 stars
- Rob Luft selected as part of 2020/2021 BBC New Generation scheme
- Rob Luft new album due for release 17th April 2020 – pre-order here