Roman Stolyar is a composer, piano improviser, writer and educator from Russia. Born in 1967 in Novosibirsk, Siberia into a family of engineers, Stolyar graduated from Novosibirsk College of Music as a jazz pianist and from Novosibirsk State Conservatoire as a composer of contemporary and electronic music.
As an improviser, Stolyar has collaborated with Dominic Duval, William Parker, Vinny Golia, Stephen Nachmanovitch, Marco Eneidi, Weasel Walter, Susan Allen, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Oliver Lake, Assif Tsahar, Glen Hall, Thomas Buckner, Martin Kuchen, Ed Sarath, Jin Hi Kim, Ilia Belorukov, Sergey Letov, and others. His music has been released on the labels Cadence Jazz, Electroshock Records, SoLyd, Ayler Records, NewFolder2, and Ermatell Records. He is currently employed as an educator at Novosibirsk College of Music and acts as music director of Novosibirsk «Globus» Theater. He is a member of the Russian Composers Union and of the Advisory Council of International Society for Improvised Music. His book “Modern Improvisation: A Practical Guide for Piano” was published in 2010.