Guitarist and Composer Prashant Samlal (10-01-1996) started out playing the guitar when he was only 7 years old. While developing passion for music and his instrument he knew that he wanted a career in music.
In 2014 Prashant started his study Bachelor of Music, Jazz&Pop Guitar at the HKU Utrecht Conservatory. In June 2018 he graduated with Honours, and his final exam concert was rewarded with a 9.5 out of 10. Earlier that year Prashant won the renowned ‘Conservatorium Talent Award 2018’. A yearly national jazz competition between all jazz conservatories in the country.
Currently Prashant is leading his own band the ‘Prashant Samlal Quartet’, feat. Roel Hazendonk, Mees Siderius and Thijs van Gemert. In May 2019 Prashant Released his debut album as a bandleader called ‘Here and Now’, featuring his own quartet. The album is out now on digital stores and streaming platforms.
Prashant has had the opportunity to play on a variety of jazz venues and Festivals. Jazz in Duketown, Amersfoort jazz, Make-it, Oranjewoud Fest., U-Jazz Fest. , So What’s Next, North Sea Roundtown. The ‘Prashant Samlal Quartet’ was featured on the Dutch television show ‘VPRO Vrije Geluiden’. He has also shared the stage with some prominent artists in the Dutch jazz scene like Bert van den Brink en Benjamin Herman.
Prashant Samlal Quartet
Marit van der Lei Nextet
Jens Meijer Group
William Smith Trio