Tony Tixier

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Tony Tixier was born in Montreuil, France and studied classical piano at a Conservatoire near Paris from the age of six making his first stage appearance when he was just seven years old.

Further studies included choral works, classical harmony and counterpoint and writing and composition and he graduated with honors having completed 14 years of piano study with renowned pianist Pascal Gallet.

Tixier released his first septet album Parallel Worlds in 2009. Comprising bold orchestral compositions and a melting pot of sounds and influences, the recording clearly illustrated Tixier’s burgeoning interest in orchestration and musical research.

Dream Pursuit followed in 2012 with his quartet featuring Justin Brown, Logan Richardson and Earl Burniss Travis. The album was hailed as “A revelation” by Jazz Magazine and later that year, with his twin brother violinist Scott Tixier, he opened for Herbie Hancock at the Jazz En Tete Festival in Clermont-Ferrand.

Tixier founded the chamber ensemble Moon Paradox in 2013 for which he composed a concertino for piano and string quintet in seven movements, mixing classical writing with jazz and contemporary music.

Having completed an extensive tour throughout France and beyond, and after being recommended by pianist and composer Jason Moran, Tixier and his twin brother featured in a commissioned work by the artist Janet Cardiff, improvising and composing the music for the inaugural program for the Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris (building architect Frank Gehry).

Other notable career highlights include playing at Radio City Music Hall as the pianist for the NBC TV show America’s Got Talent (2015), appearing on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon (2016) and playing and performing in a Tommy Hilfiger campaign with top model Gigi Hadid (2016).

Tixier signed as an exclusive Yamaha Artist for Yamaha music corporation in 2017.

He is currently a member of the Logan Richardson Quartet, Christian Scott Quintet and Seamus Blake European Quartet.