Karen Asatrian
Instrument: piano, violin

Asatrian Karen

General Information

Year of Birth:  1972
Date of Birth:  23. June 1972
Place of Birth:  Yerevan, Armenien
Country of Birth: 


Since his childhood Armenian-born Karen Asatrian has always been in some form in touch with music. With his current ensemble "Armenian Spirit" he impressively performs the balancing act between traditional Armenian sounds and modern jazz and thereby captivates the audience with his irresistible groove.


PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1978 - 1989

classical violin

1978 - 1989

classical piano

1989 - 1994

Komitas State Conservatory

1989 - 1994

Komitas State Conservatory

1989 - 1994

Komitas State Conservatory: composition

1995 - 1999

jazz studies, diploma with distinction

1999 - 2001

pedagogy and training-skills for jazz-piano



director of the group "Brahm's Project" (jazz trio with chamber orchestra)

collaboration and performances with his own compositions





performances a.o. at Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Jazzfestival Vienna, Wiesen, Three nights of jazz, Sziget at Budapest etc.

numerous studio productions, performances, TV-appearances with various jazz-bands in Austria, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Croatia, Slovenia, Armenia

Performances (Selection)


performances at the Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Jazz Fest Wien, Wiesen, Three Nights of Jazz, Sziget in Budapest, and many more


PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation

Armenian Music Award (category: Best Jazz Album for "Pathway")

Discography, Projects


  • 2009: Armenian Spirit, Dervish - A. Gaggl, W. Puschnig, J.C. Sungurlyan, H. Knapp, R. Winkler (Universal)
  • 2005: Armenian Spirit, Arahet – Pathway - A. Gagl, W. Puschnig, J.C. Sungurlyan, W. Abt, R. Winkler (Universal)
  • 2004: Mallinger Open Nut - B. Mallinger, W. Abt, R. Winkler
  • 2003: Winnetou - M. Erian. P.Sitter, J. Loh, D. Noesig, K. Marktl and K. Lippitsch
  • 2001: Marcus Matthews sings Chansons - Live on 6 April 2001 in the Casineum in Velden at Woerthersee
  • 2001: Big Band Lienz - Live 2001 April
  • 2000: Malo Cezz - G. Lipus, M. Erian, E. Kristof, S. Gfreirer
  • 1999: A more - G. Lipus, M. Erian, E. Kristof, S. Gfreirer
  • 1998: Primus Sitter Five - G. Garzone, P. Herbert, A. Deutsch, P. Medsen