Armen Donelian

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.

Read more
CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
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

Read more

Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Hudson, NY

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background

Co-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 Information

Berklee College, Colby College, Mankato University, Virgina Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Paris Conservatory, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Sibelius Academy, St. Petersburg Conservatory, Yerevan Conservatory, Graz University, Zurich Hochschule, Luzern Hochschule, Athens Conservatory, Corfu University, Bogazici University, Tel Aviv Conservatory (Shtricker), Vienna University, Vienna Conservatory, Klagenfurt University

7 Photos

Albums

Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors
Sayat-Nova: Songs of...
Sunnyside Records
2014
buy
Leapfrog
Leapfrog
Sunnyside Records
2011
buy
Full Moon Music
Full Moon Music
Sunnyside Records
2005
buy
[no cover]
Full Moon Music:...
Sunnyside
2005
buy
Quartet Language
Quartet Language
Playscape Recordings
2004
buy
Quartet Language
Quartet Language
Playscape Recordings
2003
buy

Videos

Similar Artists

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google banner ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Fund All About Jazz's Future