Described by NPR host Jon Weber as “a visionary composer, an extraordinary jazz pianist and a very bright young
rising star in the jazz world”, Romain Collin continues to develop his vision, combining the tradition of
improvisation with sound designing and classical music. Now releasing his second record as a leader, Collin keeps
making his mark on the New York scene, as well as internationally.
In 2007, Romain Collin graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he held a Full
Scholarship as the pianist of an ensemble handpicked by Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard.
During his time at the TMIJ, Romain studied with the likes of Larry Goldings, Russell Ferrante, Ron Carter, Charlie
Haden, Mulgrew Miller and Wynton Marsalis, and had the opportunity to tour with Herbie Hancock and Wayne
Shorter in Vietnam and India. The TMI band also shared the stage with artists such as Marcus Miller, Jimmy Heath,
and Terence Blanchard; and performed at a Kennedy Center concert hosted by Quincy Jones and featuring Stevie
Wonder, Patti Austin, Joshua Redman and John Patitucci amongst numerous others.
Romain, who was originally born in France, came to the US to attend Berklee College of Music on a scholarship,
where he studied performance with the likes of Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano while majoring in Music Synthesis.
During that time, he got the opportunity to perform with drummer Kenwood Dennard, keyboardist/composer George
Duke, and also co-produced the critically acclaimed album Moving by prodigious bassist Tony Grey (John
McLaughlin, Hiromi). One of the tracks, White Woods, appeared on a Tribute to Weather Report compilation album
(ESC Records, 2005 - also featuring performances by the late Tony Williams, Christian McBride, Marcus Miller,
Dennis Chambers and others). Romain’s performance on the piece was described by All About Jazz as “a
transcendent electric keyboard spot... A five-and-a-half star moment”.
In 2009, Collin released The Rise and Fall of Pipokuhn (Fresh Sound), a record described by All About Jazz writer
Phil Di Pietro as “an astonishingly mature and ambitious debut that secures Collin a placeholder in the continuing
evolution of the grand tradition of the piano trio”. The record received rave reviews internationally and made it to
New York Jazz critic David Adler’s list of notable debuts of 2009. Distributed in stores as well as digitally, The Rise
and Fall of Pipokuhn got radio airplay throughout France, Japan and the US - including a special feature on WNYC
Culture program. Collin was recently invited by legendary pianist Marian McPartland to her prestigious Piano Jazz
show on NPR to perform solo piano and to talk about his second record, scheduled for release in 2011- a project
produced by Matt Pierson (Brad Mehldau, Kirk Whalum, Becca Stevens) and featuring a power rhythm section in
Kendrick Scott on drums and Luques Curtis on bass. Currently based in NYC, Romain performs with his trio in the
US and abroad. Notable shows include Tokyo Jazz Festival, Cyprus Jazz Festival, Blue Note Jazz Festival, Angel
City Jazz Festival, Cotton Club Tokyo and NY performances at the Blue Note, Steinway Hall, Smalls and Kitano.
While furthering his career as a leader, Romain continues to explore various musical genres as a sideman,
performing and/or recording for artists such as Ms. Lauryn Hill, Fredrika Stahl (Sony, BMG), Tony Grey
(ObliqSound), Makoto Hirahara (Columbia), Jorscan (co-production of the self-tiled debut jorScan), vibist Chris
Dingman and saxophonist Tim Green. Romain has also scored short movies including Vlada Subotic’s award
winning About Me (2010), and Gleb Osatinski’s Pisces of an Unconscious Mind” (2011).
“Romain is a very gifted individual who’s bound to achieve great things. He is already developing a style
and a musical world view of his own, which is not the case with even the most talented of young
musicians.” - Larry Goldings, Pianist/ Organist (Pat Metheny, Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, James Taylor)
“I love Romain’s playing! It conveys beauty, passion and sophistication, in short, a true reflection of
him.” - Russell Ferrante, founder of multi Grammy-winning group, The Yellowjackets
“Romain Collin takes you on a beautiful journey, whether interpreting standards or exploring originals.
This is a set full of magic!” - Joe Lovano, Grammy-winning saxophonist, Blue Note recording artist
“Romain Collin is an extremely talented pianist who has proven to be a most innovative musician.
Collin’s playing is refreshing and extremely bold. Romain Collin is truly something special.” - Walter Beasley, Saxophonist
“...a new sensation...lyrical, intimate, yet progressive.” - Disk Union Japan