About Aurel Violas

Aurel Violas was born in Fontainebleau, France, and grew up in Launoy, a small hamlet located in the rural south-east of Ile-de-France. This is where he began practicing drums and learning solfege, taking lessons at the local music school, in the nearby village. When he was 18, he moved to Paris and studied at the American School of Modern Music (nowadays IMEP) with teachers such as Manuel Rocheman and Rick Margitza. He also obtained the superior diploma of Emmanuel Boursault’s drum school, with a first prize.

Later on, eager to discover different musical environments, he moved to Brussels where he studied one year at the Royal Dutch Conservatory (KCB) and got in touch with musicians of the local scene.

Continuing his musical discovery of Europe, he then moved to Amsterdam and built a network of musicians from all around the continent and beyond, mainly through the conservatory where he is currently attending the master’s program. In 2017, he participated in the exchange program between the conservatory of Amsterdam and Boyer College of Music (part of Temple University), in Philadelphia, USA. There, he studied with Dick Oats and Rodney Green, and travelled numerous times to New York and Boston to discover the scene of both cities and participate in sessions with local musicians.

Along his journey through Europe and USA, he had the opportunity to share stage with Toine Thys, Bram de Looze, Enrico Pieranunzi, Niels Wogram, Bob Mintzer and Alex Sipiagin.

Since 2018, Aurel Violas has been leading his own trio, with a repertoire of own compositions and arrangements. The band regularly performs in the Netherlands and in France, in particular at the Sunset-Sunside, in Paris. It participated in the semi-finals of the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award in March 2019. Lately, together with Antonio Moreno Glazkov and Benjamin Thiébault, he co-founded the quintet Chai Masters, also selected for the Keep an Eye International Jazz Award, 2020 edition. The band released its first EP in july 2020.