Rob Luft is an award-winning 24-year-old musician from London who has been described as one of the UK’s most prominent and talented young contemporary jazz guitarists. Rob was the recipient of the 2016 Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize and a prize winner in the 2016 Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. His debut album, “Riser”, was released in July 2017.
Having joined NYJO at the age of 15, Rob went on to study on the jazz programme at the Royal Academy of Music. Concert highlights included performances with artists Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Loose Tubes and Tommy Smith’s Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.
Rob is very active on the London scene and has played on albums by Liane Carroll, Luna Cohen and Enzo Zirilli. He has also been the recipient of the Peter Whittingham Award as part of two collective ensembles – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra and jazz-rock quartet Big Bad Wolf.
“…a singular talent, a fluent improviser and a composer of catchy, earthy, infectiously upbeat tunes. There are echoes of west African high-life, English folk, indie rock and various strands of contemporary jazz, but Luft’s sound is joyously original, robust and in-your-face…” – The Irish Times (IRE)