Yessaï Karapetian

On “YESSAÏ”, Karapetian presents music that is intense, beautiful, and far-reaching. “It took me six years of intense searching to put my band together for this recording. I tested dozens of instrumentations, from solo to trio to nonet; western instruments, Armenian folk instruments, electronics.”

– NEWS –

Talent Jazz Adami selected 2023 – On tour with
Terri Lyne Carrington

LETTER ONE EUROPEAN RISING STAR JAZZ AWARD 2022

DOWNBEAT MUSIC STUDENT AWARD 2020
(best soloist & best composer for small ensemble)

Album YESSAÏ released on Kyudo Records – 2022

Jazz à La Défense 2020 winner

“YESSAÏ” is the first album of Armenian-French pianist and composer Yessaï Karapetian.

 Yessaï Karapetian – born November 28, 1993, in Yerevan, Armenia – is a Paris-based composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist with an ambitiously wide approach to contemporary jazz.

Raised in Marseille, Yessaï classically trained in piano and Armenian traditional flutes from the age of six and studied jazz as a teenager when he started composing for his first band.

Yessaï moved from Marseille to study at the Paris Conservatory and soon garnered the attention of award-winning saxophonist Guillaume Perret, with whom he recorded two albums and toured all over Europe.

After graduating from the Paris Conservatory in 2019, Yessaï received a full- tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA). Ten months later he earned a Master’s degree of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Institute).

Under the watchful eye of musical mentors such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci and Terri Lyne Carrington, the pianist won two DownBeat Student Music Awards – for Best Jazz Soloist and Best Original Composition – as well as the Letter One Rising Star Jazz Award 2022 awarded by Marcus Miller, out of 750 artists worldwide.

After returning to France and winning the Jazz à La Défense Competition in Paris, the Armenian French bandleader created a crew to play “YESSAÏ”, live at CBE Studio in Paris and to cut it straight to tape.

– LINE-UP –

 Yessaï Karapetian 
(piano)

ON TOUR