Jazz pianist/composer Tihomir Stojiljkovic has released his debut solo piano album on March 17, 2019, with seven original compositions, that take us on a journey to discover the treasures of Balkan musical heritage, tastefully reinvented through the language of modern jazz. “I've never heard deeper music… TIHOMIR dug up the Balkan region in full” – Bojan Z (Serbian/French jazz pianist and composer) TIHOMIR was born in a small town of Leskovac, in the south of Serbia. At the age of six, he started playing mostly traditional music on the accordion. By the age of sixteen, he improvised in various musical genres on keyboards. In his early twenties, he developed his own piano style that he would later qualify as Balkan jazz. "This is so special! His music makes me stop, close my eyes, and go floating with it" - Marwa Gamal Aldine (a fan from Egypt) TIHOMIR is a self-educated jazz musician, who was raised in a not so jazzy environment and barely had the use of a real piano. His musicianship evolved from years of wandering, listening to his heroes (Keith Jarret, Paco de Lucia, Chick Corea, John Mclaughlin, Thelonious Monk, Billy Cobham, and many others...), and collecting every piece of knowledge he comes across, he gradually painted the big picture he was holding in his heart. „Learning to play jazz was not the only challenge for me, but also to sound in a particular way, determined by my background... I had to take a completely unknown path, in every sense of the word...“ TIHOMIR is currently preparing a second solo piano album, in which he will take us in his remarkable way through the modern stories of the hilly Balkan region...







What is music to you? What does it give you?

Everything, it gives me life!

What is your music dream?

To play around the world with great musicians!

If you could change the world - what would you start with?


Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

There are many

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Keith Jarret, Chick Corea, Paco De Lucia, John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham...

What inspires you to make music?

Balkan folklore and modern jazz

What is the message you want to send with your music?

That we are deeply loved human beings

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Ecstatic and crazy

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's a mess but you can improve only yourself

What do you think of Drooble?

It's a great idea!

What frustrates you most as a musician?


Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes, I'm going to the live events

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Every possible quality; interesting music, work ethic, marketing knowledge...

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Alexandia (One Simple Day In My Bed)