The Short Story
Franck Amsallem has been an acclaimed jazz pianist for over 35 years. In parallel, he is also a much in demand composer/arranger, singer and educator.
Franck has recorded nine CDs under his name, as well as a major collaboration on Blue Note USA, "New York Stories". While living in NY, his sideman credits included Gerry Mulligan, Charles Lloyd, Jerry Bergonzi, Joe Chambers, Maria Schneider, and Harry Belafonte as well as Gary Bartz, Bobby Watson, Rick Margitza, Tim Ries, and Blood Sweat and Tears.
He has played many of the most important festivals throughout Europe, including the Pori, Molde, Red Sea, North Sea, Paris, Nice, Vienne, and Antibes-Juan-les-Pins festivals.
Franck is the recipient of major awards (NEA composition fellowship, Great American Jazz Piano Competition, ASCAP award, Fondation de la Vocation, FACE cultural exchange) in both the U.S. and France.
As a composer, he has been commissioned by the WDR Jazz Orchestra, the National Jazz Orchestra of France (O.N.J.), and The Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. His composition "Nuits" for string orchestra and jazz quartet has been performed many times with various soloists. Other commissions include "Place Du Temps" for chamber orchestra, "The Farewell" for the PRISM saxophone quartet and "Brooding" for solo piano (2013).
In 2009, Franck released "Amsallem Sings", showcasing his talents as a pianist-singer, featuring 12 songs from the Great American Songbook. A new trio opus, "Franck Amsallem Sings Vol. II" was just released in September 2014.