From: CA, United States

Genre:
Classical, New Age, solo piano

Contemporary instrumental/new age composer and pianist Jeff Bjorck was born in Hackensack, NJ. Both his parents were commercial artists, and his mother gave him informal piano lessons, simply relying on the books she had used herself as a student years before. After several years, Bjorck discovered improvisation, began his own composing in earnest, and never returned to sheet music. He began performing his own pieces at age 14 and played with the Franklin High School (Franklin, NJ) stage band throughout his high school years. In 1977, the band performed at the New Jersey District Jazz Festival hosted by the National Association of Jazz Educators, and Bjorck was awarded a special citation for outstanding musicianship. He took a performance hiatus through college but continued composing. Doctoral studies in clinical psychology became the primary focus after college, and he received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1990. He then immediately began working as a professor at Fuller Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology in Pasadena, CA in 1990. Returning to the piano, he released his debut CD Pure Piano Portraits in 1997. This was followed by Pure Piano Panoramas in 2000, Impressions in Black and White in 2005, and This I Know: Ageless Hymns of Faith in late 2007. Bjorck has remained independent, releasing all his CDs on his own label, Pure Piano Music, with the byline, “quiet music to calm the heart in a noisy world.”