Born in 1972 in Yerevan, Armenia; Karen Asatrian initially completed his study in classical violin and piano at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yerevan. He then continued his study of both instruments as well as in composition at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Moscow and at the Komitas Conservatory of Yerevan. In 1995, he moved to Carinthia, Austria, where he finalized his jazz-piano studies in Klagenfurt under the direction of Dr. Prof. Harry Neuwirth, with distinction. In 2001, Karen successfully graduated earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Instrumental (Vocal) Pedagogy Studies receiving the state teaching certification for jazz-piano.
Karen has been very actively involved in several projects throughout his musical career, beginning with the founding of the group BRAHMS PROJECT, a jazz-trio in combination with a chamber orchestra. His compositions have been performed with the CARINTHIAN MADRIGAL CHOIR. He has also collaborated with the BRUCKNER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, as well as worked with the WIENER BURGTHEATER. These and other musical projects have led Karen to perform at the »Three Nights of jazz« concerts in Saalfelden, jazz Fest Wien, Wiesen and the Sziget in Budapest, to name a few. They have also led to invitations to work with the JOHANNES BRAHMS SOCIETY where Karen presented his own rearrangements of a variety of J. Brahms compositions. This was followed by numerous studio productions and performances on stage, radio and television with various jazz groups in Austria, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Armenia a.m.m.
In 2007, Asatrian was awarded the ARMENIAN MUSIC AWARD in the category of Best Jazz Album for his CD PATHWAY. In addition to his activities and performances as an artist, Karen Asatrian is a respected jazzpiano Professor at the Carinthian State Conservatory as well as at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He also shares his knowledge and passion for music in various workshops around Austria and abroad.