Armen Donelian with Peter Barshay

Pianist, composer, and Fulbright Scholar Armen Donelian has performed and taught in 25 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle and Far East. He has appeared since 1975 as a featured solo pianist, leader of his own quintet and trio, and as a sideman with jazz legends including Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito DíRivera, Mongo Santamaria, and Billy Harper.

His recordings and performances as leader have featured Eddie Gomez, Billy Hart, Paul Motian, Dave Liebman, Ratzo Harris, Harvie S, Ed Schuller, George Schuller, Keith Copeland, Bob Moses, Marc Johnson, Ben Riley, Thomas Chapin, Anthony Cox, Bill Stewart, Paquito DíRivera, Alex Foster, Steve Berrios, Tyshawn Sorey, Marc Mommaas, Dean Johnson, Calvin Hill, and Jeff Williams.

He has taught at the New School, William Paterson University, the Manhattan School of Music, Yerevan State Conservatory (Armenia), and the Israel Conservatory.

Peter Barshay is a veteran bassist who has established a strong reputation over the years from his sideman work on both the New York City and Bay Area jazz scenes. Peter has performed with such jazz luminaries as Kenny Barron, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Stitt, Kenny Werner, Shirley Horn, Woody Shaw, Pharoah Sanders, Blue Mitchell, Tony Williams, Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin, Bobby McFerrin, Joey Baron, Jimmy Rowles, Tommy Flanagan, the Mingus Big Band, Victor Lewis, Lou Donaldson, Lew Tabackin, Joe Chambers, Armen Donelian, Jim McNeely, Sonny Fortune, Mike Stern, Art Lande, and Paul McCandless.

Born in Washington D.C. on January 8, 1950, Barshay began cello lessons at age nine. During his year at the San Francisco Conservatory Peter was able to add one particularly impressive name to his resume. "I actually got to play under Igor Stravinksy," he explains. "It was for the official opening of Zellerbach Auditorium in 1968 and they commissioned Stravinsky to come here and conduct four concerts.Ē

Peter has played Chez Hanny previously with Harvey Wainapel, Steve Lockwood, Michael O'Neill, Dave Scott, Peggy Stern, Edward Simon, Joshua Breakstone, and Larry Schneider.