About Leonid Detzelman

Leonid Detzelman is a musician, composer, and the winner of the 'Jazz Player 2006' and 'The Gold Hanukiya 2006' awards.

Leonid was born in Russia in 1983 and began taking piano lessons at the age of six. His family immigrated to Israel in 1991. Because his piano was sold, Leonid was left without an instrument for two years. Leonid’s father was finally able to purchase an electric keyboard and Leonid resumed practicing the music he loved. His initial studies were with the classical piano but later turned to the jazz and improvisation field where Leonid is now devoting his time and energy to master.

Leonid graduated from high school and the Interdisciplinary Music Department of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance with special honors. He has studied for four years with the great pianists Nahum Perferkovitch and Vyacheslav Ganelin.

In 2003 he participated in the international jazz festival in Tel-Aviv. In 2006 he represented Israel in the IASJ Jazz Meeting in the USA as the winner of the 'Jazz Player 2006'. In 2009 and 2010 he participated in the international jazz festival 'Globus' in Jerusalem.

Currently, Leonid composes, teaches, and performs as a jazz pianist with his band. He performs often with great international and Israeli musicians, like Yehuda Poliker, Igor Butman, Amikam Kimelman, Sanya Kroytor, Arale Kaminsky, Robert Anchipolovsky, Gregory Rivkin, Hagit Goldberg, Marina Maximilian-Blumin, Albert Piamenta, Mamelo Gaitanopolus, Alon Olearchik, Itzhak Klepter.

Leonid plays piano, keyboards, accordion, saxophones, melodica, and the recorder.

Leonid Detzelman


Bat-Yam, Israel
Grant Recipient

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