Alexei Tsiganov is a composer, pianist, vibraphonist and educator.
He has played and recorded with: Claudio Roditi, Antonio Sanchez, Chico Freeman, Esperanza Spalding, Bobby Watson, Victor Lewis, Bob Moses, Jerry Bergonzi, Samba de Três, Gene Jackson, Alex Sipiagin, Boris Kozlov, Norman Hedman, Willie Martinez, Bevan Manson, Tony Malaby, George Garzone, John Lockwood, Bob Gullottii, Yoron Israel, George Schuller, Ed Schuller, Avery Sharp, Greg Osby and others. He has appeared with his group on WERS-Boston radio station and in Eric In the Evening program on WGBH-Boston, performing original music and standards.
At the age of seventeen Alexei Tsiganov began playing at St. Petersburg Jazz Philharmonic Hall, the largest jazz club in the Soviet Union, first as a member of the David Goloschokin Group (host band), and later with his own program. In 1989, Alexei won the St. Petersburg Competition of Young Jazz Performers, and in 1990 was among winners of the 1st All-Russian Jazz Music Competition in Rostov-on-Don. These accomplishments had brought him wide recognition in Russia, and he began regular appearances in the national radio and TV programs. In 1991, Alexei came to the United States to continue his career in the motherland of jazz.
He studied with Gary Burton at Berklee College of Music, and at the New England Conservatory of Music with Charlie Banacos and George Russell. In these past years, Alexei has performed solo and with his group in and around Greater New England, New York City at renown clubs such as Jazz Standard, Sweet Rhythm, American Museum of Natural History (broadcasted by WBGO Jazz 88.3), Regattabar, Topeka Jazz Festival, d’Ouro Jazz Festival (Portugal), Petropavlovsky Jazz Festival, (St. Petersburg, Russia), Chapada Jazz Festival (Mato Grosso, Brazil), Jazz nos Fundos (São Paulo, Brazil) among others and has toured Jazz clubs abroad throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia.