Vahagn Stepanyan

Bio

VAHAGN STEPANYAN (born July 10, 1985) is a gifted Armenian-born keyboard player, songwriter, composer, arranger and producer. His musical journey started at the early age of eight when he was enrolled into a music school for classical piano lessons. Vahagn's quest carried him from Yerevan Tchaikovsky High School, a special school for music, on to Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory where he earned a bachelor's degree in classical music. Immediately following his graduation from conservatory, Vahagn began composing, arranging and recording soundtracks for films. Vahagn's musical passions and endeavors gave him the experience he needed to compose music and write songs for famous artists at an early age.


By 2010 Vahagn had begun traveling. His musical giftedness has been recognized by Grammy Award-Winning artists and well-known musicians across the world. Throughout the years Vahagn has collaborated with a host of artists through studio work, tours and writing including Eric Marienthal (Grammy Award Winning Saxophonist), Nathan East (Grammy Nominated Bassist), Tyler Ward (YouTube Star), Melvin Lee Davis (Chaka Khan, Lee Ritenour, Gerald Albright), Wojtek Pilichowski, Eric Moore, Adam Hawley (Jennifer Lopez, Eric Benet, Jessy J), Mark Lettieri (Snarky Puppy), Richie Gajate Garcia (Sting, Phil Collins, Diana Ross), Feodor Dosumov and other incredible musicians.


In 2013, Vahagn produced The Ethnos Project Volume One, the first of a collection of multiethnic/multicultural music recordings that capture more of a world beat & world music vibe. Volume One includes nine languages: English, Tagalog, Mandarin, Swahili, Farsi, Japanese, Spanish, Korean and Estonian. The Ethnos Project was recorded in four different countries (Armenia, Venezuela, Estonia and USA). In 2014 it was also featured and reviewed in Worship Leader Magazine, a prominent American publication. The Ethnos Project featured various international artists; it is a one of a kind musical offering with a unique style of its own.


In 2015 at age of 29, Vahagn self-produced his debut album "Moonlight". It infuses the musical styles of Smooth Jazz, R&B and Funk with the talents of artists from USA, Brazil, Armenia, Thailand, Israel, Turkey and Germany. "Moonlight" was musically produced by Vahagn in his home country of Armenia and mixed in the neighbouring country of Turkey by one of Istanbul's top mixing engineers Alen Konakoğlu. Grammy-Winning mastering engineer Evren Göknar at Capitol Studios (Hollywood, CA) mastered "Moonlight", making this recording a top global music project indeed.


In 2015 Vahagn collaborated/produced in eight different albums/singles. At the end of 2015 Vahagn produced The Ethnos Project Volume Two, which includes fourteen different languages (English, Zulu, Portuguese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Spanish, Japanese, Shona, Xhosa, Tsonga, Chinese, Korean, German, Portuguese) and includes musicians from six different countries (Armenia, Turkey, USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Netherlands).


With many years of experience of recording and performing in the musical styles of Jazz, R&B, Funk, Fusion, Pop, Gospel and film score, Vahagn is on the right track and isn't showing any signs of slowing down. He continues to collaborate, tour & produce music for world class musicians and artists around the globe. Vahagn created great presets for the audio plugins and VSTi’s for the companies like WAVES, IK Multimedia and some others.


Vahagn is also collaborating with Sterling-Sound’s top mastering engineer Randy Merrill (Adele, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber).


Vahagn is a Grammy Recording Academy Voting Member. He is also managing Melvin Lee Davis' (Chaka Khan's musical director & bassist) post production on YouTube.


Vahagn resides in Yerevan, Armenia with his lovely wife Karine and two beautiful children.