Greg Elchert is a young, enthusiastic jazz pianist, session musician, and mix engineer in central Ohio. After developing his piano, guitar, and mallet percussion chops in high school, Greg began studying jazz piano with the great Columbus musician Mark Flugge. He continued this fruitful relationship after entering Capital University’s Conservatory of Music in the fall of 2009. While at Capital, Greg studied piano with Flugge and Seymour Fink, jazz composition with Stan Smith, electronic media and music industry with Russ Nagy and Sean Beeson, and music technology with Chad Loughrige.
Greg has recorded and performed in a wide variety of musical idioms. He was the primary keyboard player for the nationally recognized Marysville High School Swingers Unlimited show choir for two seasons. He has also been a member of several student ensembles at Capital – most notably the MIDI Band and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble. He has extensive pit band experience for various musicals in the Columbus area, playing both piano and guitar for productions ranging from Guys and Dolls to Grease. In October 2012, he joined the Mansfield Symphony for the “Sing Me a Story” children’s concert series, playing piano on excerpts from Copland’s Billy the Kid. Most recently, he founded the “modern soul-jazz organ trio” Organic Matter, featuring himself on B3 and friends Matt Nelson and Stephan “Fess” Fess on guitar and drums, respectively.
Greg is also a proud graduate of the Recording Workshop (Winter 2012), where he gained valuable knowledge and experience in the art of recording music (including a master class with legendary recording engineer Bill Halverson). He followed this with an equally fruitful internship at Nashville’s renowned Dark Horse Studios, and remains busy recording and mixing a number of projects.
Greg is a proud member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). In his spare time, he enjoys reading nonfiction and watching the filmographies of Mel Brooks and the Coen Brothers.
“Greg is a talented musician and he works hard. His performances are well polished and effective. He respects others and works well with his peers.”
- Dr. Tianshu Wang, Professor of Piano at Capital University; Steinway Performing Artist
“Greg’s musical talent at the piano helped my competitive show choir through 2 successful seasons. His skillful playing helped us earn several “Best Instrumental Combo’ awards and overall Grand Championships and become one of the best in the Midwest. I’m so glad to have had him as a part of our family and I have no doubt Greg will make his mark on the professional music scene.”
- Jeremy Alfera, director of ‘Swingers Unlimited Show Choir, Marysville, OH
“Greg Elchert is a joy to listen to and to work with both musically and personally. He is a growing talent of diverse styles in the local area. He will certainly class up any occasion!”
- Rachel Sepulveda, jazz vocalist, Columbus, OH