About

Andres Alaru (b. 1983), is a jazz double bass player, pianist and composer, born in Tartu, Estonia.  His first knowledge of music was gained in Tartu children music school, where he studied classical cello and piano.

Later on he continued his studies  in H.Eller music highschool. After several years of searching he finally found his way to improvisational jazz music. He decided to change his main instrument from cello to double bass, which would be more convenient for  playing jazz.  When he eventually decided to dig more seriously into that American style, he entered Viljandi Culture Academy, where he studied jazz double bass under Taavo Remmel´s guidance.pilt4

During his studies as an exchange student in Joensuu Ammattikorkeakoulu in Finland, he upgraded his musical knowledge under the guidance of Timo Tolonen. There he was mainly studying electric bass. After graduating the Viljandi Culture Academy in 2010 he started to work as a freelance musician and as a music teacher. He was working as an electric bass-, ensemble- and jazz piano teacher in Tartu and Räpina children music schools for two years. After realising, that he wants to upgrade his knowledge and skills of jazz double bass, jazz piano and composing, he decided to move into a more competitive environment. In 2012 he moved into the Netherlands and started to study jazz double bass in The Royal Conservatory of The Hague under the guidance of Clemens van der Feen, Janos Bruneel and Roelof Meijer. There he was also studying jazz piano as a minor instrument under the guidance of Juraj Stanik. In the Netherlands he has played in many different groups as a sideman and also as a leader. He finished The Royal Conservatory of The Hague in 2017 and has now a master degree in jazz double bass. During his master studies, his main teachers were Jarmo Hoogendijk and Tony Overwater. In 2018 he was teaching jazz double bass in The Ionian University in Corfu, Greece. At the moment he is giving jazz piano and bass lessons in Tartu Rahvaülikool in Estonia.