Estonian pianist Kristjan Randalu straddles the worlds of jazz and classical, with a modern creative sound inspired as much by composers like Erkki-Sven Tüür and Tõnu Kõrvits as by the greats of jazz piano. Born in Tallinn in 1978 to parents who were both classical pianists, he moved with his family to Germany at the age of nine, settling in Karlsruhe. Weaned on classical music, he discovered rock, pop, and jazz as a teenager. He attended the local music school before going on to study at the University of Music Stuttgart, the Royal Academy of Music in London, and the Manhattan School of Music. His first recorded appearance was in 2002 on Estonian singer Siiri Sisask's album Jälg. His own solo debut, Confidance, appeared in 2004 on Finetone; the following year he formed his first quartet for the album Tidbits. In 2006 he was nominated for a Grammy for his work on the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra & Big Band's album Elevation.