Keith Jarrett made history
in 1991 when he became the first jazz musician to perform at the
Vienna state Opera. It was the main event during the very first
Vienna Jazz Festival and was immortalised on Jarrett’s CD
"The Vienna Concert".
A native of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Keith Jarrett studied at
the Berklee school of Music in Boston before heading to New York
City where he became the pianist in a group led by drummer Art
Blakey. He later replaced Chick Corea in Miles Davis’s band
and soon after embarked on what has become a very successful solo
career. In addition to his solo performances, he has been, since
the early 1980s, a member of a trio which includes drummer jack
DeJohnette and bassist Gary Peacock. In addition to jazz, Jarrett
is also an accomplished classical musician.
A milestone event at Vienna State Opera
In 1986, Keith Jarrett performed in one of Vienna’s prime
classical music venues, the Musikverein, which is known around
the globe for its unique acoustics. It would, however, still be
another half a decade before he would take to the stage of the
city’s other main classical venue, the Vienna State Opera.