Ruslan’s story is just as incredible as he is a pianist. Fleeing with his family from the Communist Soviet Union to Israel would prove to be the perfect catalyst for his future. He was such a great musician that he was granted a full scholarship to the Berklee School of Music, and it was there that he would learn many valuable lessons about music and life. He accredits his journey for allowing him to explore and be creative. With aspirations and perseverance, he navigated his way around the music scene. It wasn’t long before Ruslan found himself working with the legendary Stanley Clarke. And that was just the beginning. He’s won a Grammy as well as collaborated with George Duke, Marcus Miller, Seal, and Chick Corea. When Ruslan decided to do an album, it was only befitting that he do so on Stanley Clarke’s label, Roxboro Entertainment Group. His debut album, “Ruslan,” has 14 songs–some of which are collaborations. It serves as the culmination of Ruslan’s varying abilities while maintaining authenticity. I find it magical and mesmerizing.
Listen to his story in his own words.
This is such a beautiful, relaxed conversation with Ruslan. He is just organizing the thought and value of his story so well, and it’s applications and dreams for the future. Ruslan’s both a dreamer and a realist. He opened to a wider world as stellar, and I cannot imagine a day of anything less. I still call him “Roos-Lahn”, like his Mom. My father was from Poland, I love peoples’ given names. I miss him more than I can express.
I have been listening to evening in the harbor and I have never heard such a beautiful piano interpretation before as this when Ruslan Sirota is playing. If I could get the notes I would be very grateful. Regards, Eric
There’s no way to get the notes for you but I’m glad you enjoy and appreciate his gift as much as I do.