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Biography

Biography 2016 Canadian born composer/pianist Jeff Vidov first attracted attention by winning the SOCAN Composer’s Award for his first orchestral work “AWAKEN” in 1994. Jeff received his BM as a scholarship student at the prestigious Eastman School of Music (one of the top music schools in the USA) and his Masters degree at the Manhattan School of Music and had private lessons with Pulitzer Prize winning composers Christopher Rouse and Joseph Schwantner, as well as eminent composers Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Richard Danielpour and Robert Morris and learned vocal technique for 3 years from Donald Neuen (student of the famous vocal conductor Robert Shaw). Jeff is an in-demand session musician in Toronto and has played theaters across Canada with the “Bon Jovi Forever” tribute band, the original “LEGENDS” band with Elvis singers and legendary Canadian singer Bobby Curtola, and Colm Wilkinson. Jeff also enjoys singing high background harmonies for these groups and other bands.

As a composer Jeff has composed/recorded the FULL film score for 13 movies and 2 Tv shows and 2 theatre productions, as well as classical/concert works for orchestra, chamber groups, and numerous solo and duo works. Many of these were featured on his 4cd set released in 2006 which contained his solo piano recordings of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and solo piano works of Chopin, Haydn and Brahms. As a classical pianist Jeff has played much of the repertoire including many piano concerti of Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, and Liszt and he has accompanied many opera singers and instrumentalists. As choir accompanist Jeff has also performed much of the choral repertoire with many choirs in Toronto and he can read/play choral parts (up to 8 voices) during rehearsals. As jazz pianist Jeff has performed/recorded with numerous big bands in Toronto and smaller jazz combo’s. In the Corktown (string) Orchestra in Toronto Jeff was called upon to play piano and mostly harpsichord for the mostly baroque repertoire over 7 years.

Jeff is the owner of H. of C recording Studios in Toronto where he records his film scores, pop/rock/jazz music and does remote recording of choirs and classical groups in the Toronto area which he multi-tracks and masters to give his clients the best mix possible. He has completed a 2cd solo jazz piano cd, a 2cd pop/rock cd, a 2cd prog rock opera, a 2cd church organ cd, and will soon be recording a blues cd and a World music cd at his studio. He plays Korg Kronos and Roland Fantom G8 and Kurzweil PC3K8 synthesizers and has several instruments at his studio as shown by his guitar and bass playing on his recordings. Jeff has composed hundreds of pop/rock/jazz/blues/musical theatre songs and excels at songwriting and lyric writing.

Jeff has an extensive interest in piano improv and does so in many styles from classical, jazz, blues, gospel, stride/ragtime etc. These can be heard on his cd’s and Youtube channel. As a pianist and session player Jeff has accompanied classical choirs, Broadway show choirs, jazz big bands, string orchestras and has worked as Music Director/ voice coach for musicals. As church organist Jeff has played in many of the churches in Toronto for weddings, and has played organ for several classically composed Masses with the Hart House singers with small orchestra. He also excels in improv on the organ and will soon release his 2 cd organ album. He excels in bringing an exciting and laid back atmosphere to all his projects.

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Jeff Vidov is a member of the following organizations Recording Academy—Voting member Grammy Awards CARAS-Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Academy of Canadian Cinema and television Canadian League of Composers Guild of Canadian Film Composers

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Jeff now has FOUR MySpace sites AND 5 Soundcloud sites so you can listen to every style he works in!

Hear 12 rock songs from his upcoming pop/rock 2cd set at

https://myspace.com/jeffvidov/music/songs

OR

http://soundcloud.com/jeff-vidov-rock-pop-page

Hear 14 tunes form his upcoming 2cd solo jazz piano cd at his jazz MySpace

https://myspace.com/jeffvidovjazz/music/songs

OR

https://soundcloud.com/jeffvidovjazz

Hear 14 tunes from his upcoming progressive rock/heavy metal 2cd concept album at

https://myspace.com/jeffvidovprogmetalpage/music/songs

OR

http://soundcloud.com/jeff-vidov-progrockmetal

hear his classical compositions-(real)orchestra music-chamber music-and classical piano performance (Bach, Brahms, Chopin) at his classical MySpace site

https://myspace.com/jeffvidovclassical/music/songs

OR

http://soundcloud.com/jeff-vidov-classical-page

Jeff has a NEW Soundcloud page that show his abilities as an arranger and session keyboardist/pianist! Below you can hear Jeff' orchestra arrangements he has done on his OWN rock/pop and world music instrumental songs or for other rock bands and female folk songwriters! You can also hear him playing piano with a jazz quartet/playing piano on a jazz big band recording

https://soundcloud.com/jeff-vidov-stringarranger

JEFF VIDOV'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL

http://www.youtube.com/user/JeffVidov

Jeff Vidov Film-scoring samples

http://jeffvidov.tripod.com/filmscoring.html

Jeff Vidov Facebook group

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Jeffvidov/

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Below is a list of the 11 films and 2 tv shows (with weblinks to the films) Jeff has scored

1-Pelican Daughters-70 min drama---Dan Wilson director-Piano/string John Williams type score--website-http://www.pointblankpictures.com

2-Zombie Night-90 min horror-Primal films-orchestra/electronica score-website-http://www.primalfilms.com/zombienight

3-Lady Potato Face-5 min silent black and white drama/comedy-Danny Elfman orchestral type score

4-Perfect Sense-18 min drama/comedy/biopic-Chris McInroy director-just a plain fucked up type score

5-"21fps"-18 min drama-English director Samuel George-piano/strings Philip Glass type score

6-"Jar of Grasshoppers"-5 min drama/suspense-Chris McInroy director--suspense/electronica/"Terminator" type score

7-"Legally Desi"-142min Bollywood style romantic comedy/drama-A.J Rupani director---many different styles of music including traditional Indian/orchestral/jazz/dance/ depending on the scene---quite a variety in this film!!---website-http://www.legallydesifilm.com

8-"SPY GAMES"--13 part tv magazine show(30 min each episode) about spies in the cold war and WW1/WW2-GPI Productions (Toronto)-series is in 6th(!!) airing on the Mystery Channel(owned by Global/Canwest)---All music by Jeff Vidov

9-"Sports Compact TV"--30 min sports magazine show-aired on Ch 11-Tv CH-Hamilton--Jeff did quite a bit of the music for this show about cars/racing-season one just finished its 26th episode.

10-"Groomed"-a 20 min indie Canadian film comedy directed by Joseph Raso about same sex marriage, filmed in HD, scored completely by Jeff

11-"Sherlock"- a 7 min comedy directed by Joshua Starnes about a guy who thinks he is Sherlock Holmes and helps the police solve a murder in modern America.--All music by Jeff Vidov.

12-"Ext. Bench"-another 5 min short film by Las Vegas director Chris McInroy-this is just plain awesome

13-"Anthea" 10 min short drama for director Alexandra Sasha Foppiano-orchestral score

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STUDIO EQUIPMENT LIST

Roland Vs-2480

PC Pentium 3 with Delta 1010 8 in/out soundcard running Cubase SX with MANY plugins, Logic Platinum,Protools,Wavelab, Nuendo Mackie 1604 VLZ-Pro mixer

Monitors- Behringer truth monitors

Keyboards-Korg Kronos 88 key
Roland Fantom G8
Kurzweil PC3K8
-Roland D-10 synthesizer

Piano-D.H.Baldwin 5'2 baby grand piano (white)

Guitars/Bass-Les Paul Gibson Standard Electric guitar -Yamaha APX-9C acoustic guitar -Fender Stratocaster -Fender Telecaster -Rickenbacker 1980 -4001 bass

Mics-AT4033(2), Sm/beta 57's and 58's, 421, Amp-Roland 100W keyboard amp-100 watts Assorted cables

Arise
Jeff