Vijay Iyer

Performing Arts, 2002

Pianist Vijay Iyer is recognized as one of the most innovative jazz improvisers working today. The leader of several music ensembles, Iyer has performed at the Jazz d’Or festival in Strasbourg, France; Radio Svizzera in Lugano, Switzerland; The Chicago World Music Festival; The Asian American Jazz Festival in San Francisco; and Joe’s Pub in New York. He received a 1998 touring grant from the Fund for United States Artists at International Festivals & Exhibitions and Rockefeller Foundation Multi-Arts Production Fund grants in 2000 and 2001. Iyer holds a Ph.D. and MA from the University of California at Berkeley and a BS in Mathematics and Physics from Yale University.

Awards and Accomplishments


Iyer and five other Creative Capital Artists perform in BAM's Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn


Iyer receives the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius" Grant


Iyer is honored by the Asian American Arts Alliance at their Benefit Gala.


Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd's new album Holding It Down selected as LA Weekly's Best Jazz Album of 2013


Iyer is the winner of the 2012 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat


Iyer is named a Doris Duke Artist as part of the inaugural class of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards


Iyer wins a historically unprecedented five categories in the annual DownBeat Critics Poll, including Jazz Artist of the Year and Top Jazz Album

2007: Iyer receives Fellowship in Music Composition from New York Foundation for the Arts

2005: Iyer receives grant from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP fund

2003: Iyer receives CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts