Hershkovits dances on the keys with the elegance of Fred Astaire and the melancholic wit of Charlie Chaplin (- Cem Akalin, General Anzeiger Bonn).
Pianist and composer Nitai Hershkovits has been described as a ‘Genuine prodigy’ by BBC
music. He is a charismatic performer with an incredibly strong voice and musical vision.
His dynamic playing crosses boundaries and genres thanks to a light, elegant touch that
conveys a full spectrum of deep emotions and contrasts. ‘Reminiscent of a silky-toned old
piano swinger such as the late Hank Jones’ (The Guardian), intertwining bliss and melancholy with skillful freedom.
As a solo artist, Nitai Hershkovits’ repertoire consists mainly of original work written for piano, giving space for interpretation.
Born to a Moroccan mother and a Polish father, Nitai started playing the clarinet at the
age of twelve, only to discover his love for the piano at age fifteen. Around that time,
he was first exposed to the sound of jazz giants such as Wynton Kelly and Sonny Clark.
By the age of seventeen, Nitai had moved to Tel Aviv to combine regular school with private
music and piano lessons under the guidance of jazz educators Amit Golan and Yuval Cohen.
He soon became interested in a rich variety of both classical and jazz music.
Nitai studied classical music and theory for two years with well-known Israeli composer and
educator Dr. Menahem Weisenberg and classical music educators Shoshana Cohen and Amir
Nitai has had the privilege of touring all over the world and performing at many different venues:
Village Vanguard, Salle Pleyel, Vienna Konzerthaus, l’Olympia, Alter Oper, North Sea Jazz Festival, Antibes Jazz Festival, Jazz à Vienne, Montreux Jazz Festival, Barbican Center and Tonhalle, to name a few.
In 2011, Nitai joined bassist Avishai Cohen’s group (known for his long time collaboration with
Chick Corea as well as for his successful band leading career). As part of Cohen’s Trio as well
as of other symphonic projects, they recorded three albums together: A Duet - Duende (EMI/Blue Note, 2012), A chamber music project Almah (EMI/Parlaphone, 2014) and a Trio album -From Darkness (Razdaz Records, 2015).
In 2016 Nitai had relocated to New York City and is keeping a busy schedule, touring and recording with notable artists such as:
Malmo Symphonic Orchestra,Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Robert Sadin, Theo Bleckmann, Matt Penman, Mark Turner, Marcus Gilmore, Kendrick Scott, Doug Weiss, Joel Frahm, Ben Monder, Jorge Rossy, Gilad Hekselman, Mndsgn (Ringgo) among many others. He is a regular member inOded Tzur and Ari Hoenig’s groups.
Nitai's debut album I Asked You A Question (Raw Tapes Records) was released in February 2016. The album, co-produced by Rejoicer, featuring Nitai on vocals, Piano and synths.
LA based singer Georgia Anne Muldrow and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel joins Nitai on two of the tracks ("Satellite Dish" and "My Turn" respectively). Exploring the realm of analog electronics, samples and beats, I Asked You A Question is an eclectic, empirical yet genuine
attempt of blending improvised ideas and through-composed music.
Nitai's most anticipated album New Place Always (Enja/Yellowbird) was released in September 2018. Eight of the tunes were written in the studio together with Rejoicer.
From the Press Release
"Before the recording, I had all kinds of ideas, though we wanted the music to fit the piano and the room, so I wrote most of it there. The rest of the tunes consist of songs that were composed in NY and hand-picked renditions of music by people who inspired me at that time.
The orientation of the music in this album inhabits a plethora of influences one of such is my oddly infused heritage: My grandfather’s tales from his weekly visits to the king’s palace at the illustrious Dâr-al-Makhzen in Rabat where he was singing together with Rav Haim Louk, his field trips to the desolate mountain sceneries of the Atlas, and learning regional hymns.
On the other hand, it was my grandmother who shed light on Israeli folkloric myths which originated in East-Europe while listening to her man playing old Polish country songs on his Harmonica."