Tigran Hamasyan

Tigran was born in 1987 in Gyumri, the second biggest city of Armenia. Being just a 2-year-old youngster he began displaying a true interest to music. The kid would be attracted by radio, tape recorder, music instruments rather than any toy. By the age of 3 he could accurately sing many songs of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, but singing the songs of Louis Armstrong was a particular pleasure. By the age of 7 he is captured by jazz – days and nights long he listens to various jazz styles and tries to improvise on the piano. He enters to the music school. In 1997 the Hamasyans move to Yerevan, and the boy gets an opportunity to concern himself with jazz. He listens to jazz hours long, absorbs it trying to find what is more close to him in that music. Time after time they invite him to participate in different concerts and perform in clubs. Soon he starts composing. The more boy grows up, the more his skills develop.

At the II Yerevan International Jazz Festival-2000, French jazz pianist, organizer of festivals, Stephane Kochoyan gets acquainted with Tigran. Kochoyan is so impressed by Tigran’s talent that the next year he invites the young talent to France to participate in several festivals for adults. During those festivals Tigran performs before the modern jazz celebrities as Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul and others. He even performs jointly with French jazz giant Daniel Humair at the official concert.

From childhood the boy was distinguished by diligence and the result did not keep waiting. The victories at the significant world festivals and prestigious awards poured down like a golden rain: Third prize at the International Jazz Piano Competition – 2003, First prize at the Jazz a Juan Revelations-2003, First prize at Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition-2003, Third prize at the Moscow International Jazz Piano Competition-2005, First prize at the Monaco Jazz Piano Competition… All this alternated with recordings and numerous performances all over the world. The first album was recorded in LA and released by the French recording studio Nocturne Records in the spring of 2006. This album was recorded together with sax player Ben Wendel, bass player Francois Moutin, drummer Ari Hoenig and duduk player Rouben Harutyunyan.

The young man leaves for the USA to study music. After a couple of years at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition he gets the most significant victory so far. In September 2006 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz celebrated its 20th anniversary and with regards to the event a regular competition was arranged. The Jury consisting of jazz celebrities of international level recognized Hamasyan the winner of the competition and awarded him a prize amount of ten thousand dollars. The event was followed by a reception and a concert in the White House. The winner and the participants of the competition were welcomed by the US President George Bush and the first lady. The Grand Prix was handed over to Tigran by Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell.

At the very end of 2006 Tigran was invited to Paris to participate at the awarding ceremony of the Django d’Or award to legendary American jazz and record producer George Avakian. The four-hour awarding ceremony arranged by the French Academy of Jazz was followed by a concert given by 19-year-old Armenian pianist at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris.

In 2009 Tigran arrived to Yerevan with official concerts. He played duet with vocalist and oud player Dhafer Youssef.

Currently Tigran plays and performs with his ARatta Rebirth band and jazz stars, as well as keeps on composing and receives invitations to festivals and solo performances from al over the world.

Tigran Hamasyan has released three solo albums:
“World Passion” – 2006
“New Era”- 2007
“Red hail” – 2009

Official website – www.tigranhamasyan.com

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