Born in Beirut, of Armenian heritage, Zela Margossian began studying piano at a very young age. Graduating from Hamazkaine’s Parsegh Ganatchian Musical College, she carries on her musical studies at the Lebanese Higher State Conservatory and at the same time, she continues her education in English literature at Haigazian University. Upon earning her B.A. degree in English literature, she leaves for Armenia to further her musical studies at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory in the class of the renowned pianist and professor Vili Sargsyan. In 2007, Zela earns her Master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory.
During her years studying in Armenia, Zela developes a great passion towards Armenian ethno-jazz music that she experiences in local jazz venues. After moving to Sydney, she embarks on a new journey of nurturing this passion and has been making her mark here as a blossoming composer and artist.
Throughout her career, Zela has given piano solo recitals in Beirut, Yerevan, New Jersey, Montreal, and Sydney, including a performance with the Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra.
Zela is currently active performing her original compositions with her band, the Zela Margossian Quintet, which she founded in early 2017. Zela Margossian Quintet’s music is a fusion of folk and jazz, carrying influences from traditional Armenian music. Performance highlights include the Quintet’s participation in the Sydney International Jazz Women’s Festival (Nov. 2017), a tour to Beirut, Lebanon to take part in the Beirut Jazz Festival (April 2018), and a headline performance at the SIMA (Sydney Improvised Music Association) Winter Jazz Program (June 2018). The Zela Margossian Quintet released their debut album, Transition in November 2018.
“What a bright new force is pianist Zela Margossian. Her debut album, Transition, announced her range and fascination as a composer, splashing her Armenian heritage across the broad canvas of jazz.” – John Shand from The Sydney Morning Herald.