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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.

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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 Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

Advanced 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

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Discography

Sayat-Nova: Songs of my Ancestors

Sayat-Nova: Songs of...

Sunnyside Records
2014

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Leapfrog

Leapfrog

Sunnyside Records
2011

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Oasis

Sunnyside Records
2008

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Full Moon Music

Full Moon Music

Sunnyside Records
2005

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Quartet Language

Quartet Language

Playscape Recordings
2004

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