McIntire Department of Music

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In 22 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East, ARMEN DONELIAN has performed and recorded since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own quintet and trio, and with Jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D'Rivera, Mongo Santamaria and Billy Harper.

Called "A pianist with a crystalline touch, but a penchant for avant gardism" (New York Times), Armen Donelian has performed in the Bilsak, Burlington, Caramoor, Cinco de Mayo, Hennessey, Istanbul, Jacksonville, Jazz Jamboree, Jerusalem, Montreal, Nemu-no Sato, Oshanitsky, Ottawa, Pori, Portsmouth, Toronto Harbourfront, Veneto and Yerevan Jazz Festivals.

Armen Donelian is composer of more than 90 works, and has produced ten critically acclaimed recordings for the Sunnyside, Playscape, Odin and Atlas labels. His most recent CD release, All Or Nothing At All (Sunnyside), is a live concert with the outstanding Dutch saxophonist/composer Marc Mommaas, recorded in New York City in 2003.

Armen Donelian is a Fulbright Senior Scholar for work in Armenia, Finland and Switzerland. He has received six Jazz Performance Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts for concerts and master classes. A faculty member at New School University since 1986 and William Paterson University since 1993, Donelian has taught at conservatories in Copenhagen, Iasi, Jyväskylä, Lisbon, Paris, St. Petersburg, Tblisi, Yerevan and Zürich.

The author of the two-volume book/CD set Training the Ear (Advance Music), Armen Donelian is a graduate of Columbia University and has studied privately with Carl Bamberger (conducting), Ludmila Ulehla (harmonic analysis), Harold Seletsky (Schoenberg theory and counterpoint) and Richie Beirach (jazz piano).


"In Your Own Sweet Way" (by Dave Brubeck) from Armen Donelian's album TRIO '87 (on Odin Records, with Carl Morten Iversen on bass and Audun Kleive on drums). Recorded in Oslo, Norway in the Rainbow Studio where Keith Jarrett has recorded much of his music.

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Arts Enhancement events

Arts Enhancement Events are supported by the Provost's Office to increase the awareness of and support for the arts at the University of Virginia.

Armen Donelian - Jazz Pianist & Composer - performance

Sunday, October 21st, 2007, 8:00pm - Old Cabell Hall
$10 / $5 students / 5 ARTS$ UVa students
Tickets available at Box Office (434.924.3984)

Donelian's Free Residency Events

    Monday, October 22nd

  • History of Jazz
  • 11:00am, Maury 209

  • Ear Training Workshop
  • 2:00pm, Old Cabell Hall 113
    Tuesday, October 23rd

  • Jazz Improv Class
  • 5:30pm, Old Cabell Hall B012

  • Jazz Ensemble Class
  • 7:30pm, Old Cabell Hall B018
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112 Old Cabell Hall, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
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