“A-may-zing! Now, Tigran, you are my teacher”
— Herbie Hancock,
onstage Festival Orleans Jazz
“A mature and great and rich and deep artist“
— Chick Corea, August 2011
“He plays piano like a raga, the next Keith Jarrett“
— Trilok Gurtu, Theatre Du Chatelet March 2011
“Tigran really grabbed me, in this really cool way“
— Brad Mehldau, NY Times 2011
"Where so much contemporary jazz can be a dreary display of muscle memory, Tigran has found a way to keep improvisation fresh and lyrical. Other jazz musicians would be wise to take note."
— The Guardian
"Tigran stands out for his burning intensity"
— The Telegraph
"Loving the Tigran album on Verve - a big talent..."
— Gilles Peterson, live session
"With a firm yet delicate touch, Tigran lets the melody sing"
— Later with Jools Holland
"His touch is sublime"
“Tigran has found a way to keep improvisation fresh and lyrical. Other jazz musicians would be wise to take note.”
“There are many brilliant and perfectly finished young jazz pianists around, but Hamasyan stands out because he has something important and urgent to say.”
— Daily Telegraph
Although trained as a classical and jazz musician, Tigran Hamasyan draws on a wide range of influences, including Armenian folk music, rock, electronica, poetry, and more, In the past decade, with the release of four critically acclaimed albums and an unceasing touring schedule, he has built up a dedicated international following, as well as accolades from the likes of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau. In the words of the Guardian, Hamasyan ‘is guided by one of [mentor and fan Herbie Hancock’s] most enduring lessons: it's possible to be a multi-stylistic jazz virtuoso and a groove-powered hitmaker simultaneously and hugely enjoy all of it.’ The Times said of his most recent release, 2013’s Shadow Theater, ‘Armenian folk, electronic loops, heavenly voices and indie rock energy vie with Hamasyan’s rippling piano to create a dramatic, deeply melodic music unlike anything else you’ll hear this year.’
Hamasyan was born in Armenia in 1987, before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003. He currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three, and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was 11 years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival’s piano competition in 2003. He released his debut album, World Passion, at the age of 18 in 2006. That same year he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Subsequent albums include New Era (2008), Red Hail (2009), and A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France). Most recently he won the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Contemporary Music in 2013.
His first album for Universal recorded in Paris on solo piano, "A Fable", was released in 2011. It sold impressively well for an instrumental album with 30,000 units. It received praises throughout including winning a French Grammy award in 2011. Tigran's rising stature in music garners notice globally wherever he has been able to be heard.
Tigran truly has a unique profile. Not only can he display dazzling piano dexterity, but also an undeniably profound sense of composition. He's equally at ease with jazz, classical music, Armenian popular repertoire, rock, heavy metal, or avant-garde, Armenian sacred music. Tigran Hamasyan’s Nonesuch Records debut album, Mockroot, will be released in February 2015. Hamasyan’s music draws from a wide range of sources—from jazz and Armenian folk music; Bach and French fin de siècle composers; dubstep, thrash metal, and contemporary electronica. His live performances and six studio albums have received enthusiastic approval from the likes of Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, and Brad Mehldau.
Where his last album, 2013’s Shadow Theatre, featured an extended band with choral sections, strings, and saxes, Mockroot is based around the tight trio of Hamasyan on piano and vocals, Sam Minaie on bass guitar, and Arthur Hnatek on drums.
Tigran’ second project for the year of 2015 is very special - It features Hamasyan on piano and the Yerevan state chamber choir directed by Harutyun Topikyan. The new project, named “Luys i Luso” which will be released by the record label ECM in Autumn 2015, is Tigran’s uniquely fresh interpretation of Armenian sacred music from 5th to 19th centuries, and includes compositions by Mesrop Mashtots, Grigor Naregatsi, Nerses Shnorhali, Mkhitar Ayrivanetsi, Khachatur Taronetsi, Makar Yekmalyan and Komitas – all of them arranged for piano and voices by Tigran himself. Hamasyan and the choir will be touring extensively with “Luys i Luso” project starting March 2015.