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Armen Donelian

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: 1950    

For forty years, pianist/composer and Fulbright Scholar ARMEN DONELIAN has distinguished himself in 23 countries as a performer, recording artist, master class leader, and with his published writings. Donelian’s music is a distinctive blend of influences including his Armenian origin, his Classical technique, and his association with some of the biggest names in Jazz. And, according to Metronom, he achieves this fusion “in such a natural way that one can tell it’s a master’s work.”

As a child, Armen absorbed the sound of Armenian, Turkish, Greek and Middle Eastern music at social gatherings and from records his father played at home....
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Awards

Fulbright Scholar (2002/Armenia); Fulbright Senior Specialist (2003/Armenia, 2004/Finland, 2005/Switzerland, 2006/Sweden); NEA Jazz Performance Fellow (1983, 1987, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1996); NJSCA Composition Fellowship (2000); numerous other awards & grants
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    Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors

    Sunnyside Records
    2014
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    Leapfrog

    Sunnyside Records
    2011
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    Full Moon Music: Grand Ideas, Vol. 3

    Sunnyside
    2005
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    Full Moon Music

    Sunnyside Records
    2005
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    Quartet Language

    Playscape Recordings
    2004
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    Quartet Language

    Playscape Recordings
    2003
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    A Reverie - Solo Piano

    Sunnyside
    1995
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Oct25 Armen Donelian Trio
Alwan For The Arts
New York, NY
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Armen Donelian is another of those great unsung jazz piano heroes who has lived in New York for a couple of decades. Downtown Music Gallery, 2003 (Bruce Gallanter) for Quartet Language CD (Playscape) by Armen Donelian

Pianist Armen Donelian is a veteran whose credentials have never been in doubt: he first appeared on record a quarter century ago and has recently led a string of solid discs. Mark Armen Donelian on your list of musicians to watch. All About Jazz, 2003 (Nils Jacobsen) for Quartet Language CD (Playscape) by Armen Donelian

On his recent Mystic Heights, he applies that same balance [as on Wave] between tension and release to a program of sensitive originals. Village Voice, 2002 (Gary Giddins) for Mystic Heights CD (Sunnyside) by Armen Donelian

Donelian's sense of touch and control is astonishing...

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Primary InstrumentPiano

LocationHudson, NY

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundCo-Director, Hudson Jazz Workshop (since 2007) New School Jazz Program (since 1986) William Paterson University (since 1993) Manhattan School of Music (1989-2000) Private (since 1964)

Clinic/Workshop InformationBerklee College, Colby College, Mankato University, Virgina Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Paris Conservatory, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, St...

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