Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1985, Eyal started playing and composing at the early age of seven. He played the violin for six years and was accepted to the Tel-Aviv High School for the Arts. At fourteen, he switched to saxophone as his principle instrument and joined the jazz program at the same school. Eyal studied at the Israeli Conservatory, the Rimon School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and participated in Matan, special workshops and music camps for excellent young musicians lead by the late Amit Golan and Arnie Lawrence.
Eyal performed as a sideman and as a leader on many of Israel’s top venues such as: Tel Aviv Jazz and Blues Festival; The State Art Festival; Tel Aviv Museum Jazz Series; Bereshit Festival; Holon City LaIsha Festival; Einav Culture Center; Shablul Jazz Club, Hagada Hasmalit Club, Tel Aviv; Milestone Jazz Club at Shuni Fortress; East West House, Jaffa; The Marakia, The Yellow Submarine, Jerusalem.
In 2007, Eyal moved to New York and attended the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music after receiving a generous scholarship. In 2009, Eyal was featured in the university’s newspaper as an “outstanding graduate”. For the past years, Eyal has had the privilege of studying and playing with some of the last leaving legends of the jazz world such as: Junior Mance, Charles Tolliver, Jimmy Owens, Charli Persip’s Supersound, Frank Wess, Bob Cranshaw and Cecil Bridgewater. Eyal works with various ensembles as a leader and as a sideman and has performed in some of the city’s best venues, including Jazz at Lincoln Center – Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Iridium, Sweet Rhythm, Smalls, Swing 46, Birdland, Smoke, Fat Cat, The Garage, Café Centro, and the Hudson River Park’s Stars of Tomorrow series. Eyal’s main project these days is his very own Big Band to which he composer and arranger, conduct and play. During the month of December 2009, the big band featured world-renowned jazz legends Mr. Junior Mance and NEA Jazz Master Mr. Jimmy Owens. The Eyal Vilner Big Band performs on NYC’s prestigious stages since fall 2008. After playing a week at Jazz at Lincoln Center- Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the band went to Bennett Studios to record their debut album that was released in January 2012.