Jahan Raymond, 13, discovered the joy of piano when he was seven years old, beginning his study of the great masters such as Chopin, Mozart and Bach.
By age eight he was composing his own music, and at 10 was asked to perform one of his pieces, ‘Running With Wolves’, alongside multiple Grammy-nominated guitarist Stanley Jordan.
In early 2012, Jahan was invited to play for 1,200 CEOs and their partners at the West Coast conference of the Young Presidents’ Organization. In April of that year, he released his first CD, ‘And So It Begins’, which features his own original music.
That summer, he was asked to compose two pieces for a Los Angeles-area dance troupe for their annual summer festival, performing them in front of 500 people.
He was subsequently invited to be a featured pianist at an ensemble musical event at the Greek Theater, in a packed house of 7,000.
In February 2013, he received a standing ovation while playing an on-the-spot improvisation for 1,600 people at the Jim Carrey-Eckhart Tolle-founded Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment annual event in Beverly Hills.
In April 2013, Jahan performed at his first international show, having been invited as featured artist at a black-tie gala event in Hong Kong to benefit the Hong Kong Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. He played a series of his own original compositions. On the same trip, he also played at a standing room-only event at the exclusive Kee Club. In November 2014, he was invited back to Hong Kong to play an original piece for another gala fundraiser to draw attention to the plight of victims of domestic abuse. In January 2015, he was a featured soloist with the Thousand Oaks Philharmonic, playing Rachmaninoff’s second concerto, first movement. He is also a member of the CSUN Youth Orchestra.
Although Jahan continues his study and appreciation of classical music, his forte lies in his rare talent for composing and improvising contemporary, fully-formed melodies virtually on the spot.
He lives just outside Los Angeles with his parents and younger brother.