Cédric Hanriot

Cédric Hanriot




Cédric Hanriot is a French music composer, arranger, sound designer, music producer and educator.

He plays the piano, keyboards (i.e. Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, synthesizers), organ Hammond B3, and executes real-time audio processing using laptop.

Cédric is especially known for his work in the fields of jazz and modern music (e.g. electronic, funk, latin, blues, pop).



“Cédric is a formidable force in new jazz, he’s one of the most expressive pianists I have ever worked with. Cédric is strongly influenced by one of the people I’ve played with the most – Herbie Hancock. But yet he does not sound like him. Cédric allows Herbie’s influence to bring his own musicality to new heights. I’m always impressed by what he has to offer. He’s someone that will be around for a long time.”
Terri Lyne Carrington (drums with Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, 3 time Grammy Award winner)

“A fine sensibility, unparalleled interaction within his groups, a wide pianistic language, a beautiful feel, whether Cedric accompanies or improvises, evocative and sylisticaly varied compositions … no cliché for Cédric: he feels the music, without force. Highly recommended.”
Joe Mulholland (pianist, composer and director of the harmony department Berklee College of Music in Boston)

“Cédric Hanriot is one of the most talented and personal musicians I have met in a long time. His music is surprising, moving, and irresistible. Not to be missed!”
Jean Michel Pilc (pianist, composer, educator who has played with Michael Brecker and Harry Belafonte)

“Cédric is one of the most talented musicians I know. His wide range of abilities from playing to arranging and sound design, makes him a triple threat – and how amazing that he has accomplished so much in a short 12 years of playing! Cédric is destined for great things…”
Terri Lyne Carrington (drums with Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, 3 time Grammy Award winner)- 2009

“As soon as I heard Cédric play, I knew he was an outstanding musician. Cédric has something that goes beyond the instrument.”
Hal Crook (trombone with Paul Motian, Clark Terry, John Abercrombie)

“I was very impressed upon hearing his talent. He stood out amongst the other musicians because he was taking more chances and venturing beyond the boundaries of the typical bebop jam session style. I’m also pleased to note his originality and scope as an artist. Aside from his diligence and its corollary skill, he possesses a marked musical originality beyond the rarity of his choice of instrument.”
Greg Osby (sax with Jim Hall, Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette)

“His talent is unquestionably strong and he shows it in his fantastic improvising skills, in his fantastic sense of time and in his natural ability to reinvent harmonies of the tunes he plays.”
Marcello Pelliterri (drums with Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, John Scofield)

“Cédric has shown to be a hard working professional and a team player in every musical situation he has taken part of. He is a great talented and dedicated player and composer.”
Danilo Pérez (piano with Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, George Benson)

“The composer and pianist Cédric Hanriot, is, for me, more than a talented musician and an exceptional person. He is a young master who seeks perfection … in any situation. We need more of his music.”
Fransisco Mela (drummer McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano).



Cédric Hanriot holds a Masters in Electronics and Signal Processing from the University of Nancy (France), as well as a Bachelors in Professional Musicfrom the Berklee College of Music (Boston, USA).



Grammy Award of the Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2015:
Worked on 8 of 12 songs on the album Beautiful Life by American singer Dianne Reeves.

Fulbright Scholars Program: Recipient of the prestigious American scholarship, used towards music studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

French American Jazz Exchange: Recipient of the French-American grant funded by the Bureau Export Français & Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation – for his project City of Poets – Hyperion, collaborating with trumpetist Jason Palmer and David Bowie’s saxophonist Donny McCaslin.



Cédric Hanriot has realized projects throughout the world and has collaborated with international music icons/legends such as:

Dianne Reeves, John Patitucci, Gregoire Maret, Terri Lyne Carrington, Donny McCaslin, Clarence Penn, Jeff Ballard, André Ceccarelli, Luis Salinas, James Genus as well as Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, Raul Midon, Lizz Wright, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Jaguar Wright, Lulu Gainsbourg, George Duke, Robert Glasper, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding, Meshell Ndegeocello, Paco Sery, Regina Carter, Florin Niculescu, Alex Han, Melissa Aldana, Logan Richardson, Tineke Postma, Otis Brown III, Terreon Gully, Jason Palmer, Michael Janisch, Nelson Veras, Minino Garay, Franck Agulhon, Ben Powell, Tran Manh Tuan, and Maria Mendes.


Performance Credits:

France: Jazz à Vienne Festival (Vienne), Jazz à la Défense Festival(Paris), Opéra de Lyon(Lyon), Les Fuites du Jazz Festival(Mont St Michel).

USA: Kennedy Center (Washington, DC), Tanglewood Jazz Festival (MA), Joe’s Pub (NYC), Iridium (NYC), the talk show “Says You” on NPR National Public Radio, Blues Alley (Washington DC), William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ), Indiana University (IN).

Canada: Vancouver and Victoria International Jazz Festivals.

Mexico: Los Almas Festival.

Uruguay: Teatro Solis.

UK: Scarborough Jazz Festival, Pizza Express (London), Vortex (London), Birmingham Conservatory.

Sweden: Ystad Jazz Festival.

Italy:Val Tidone Jazz Festival.

China: Universal Exhibition 2010 in Shanghai, Shanghai and Shenzen International Festivals.

Japan: Pit Inn, Motion Blue, Star Eyes

South Korea: Jarasum International Jazz Festival.



Albums as a leader/co-leader:

“Hyperion-City of Poets” by Cédric Hanriot & Jason Palmer (Whirlwind Recordings) – 2016, Modern Jazz – with Donny McCaslin (saxophone), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Cédric Hanriot (piano), Michael Janisch (basses), Clarence Penn (drums).

“French Stories” by Cédric Hanriot (Plus Loin Music/Harmonia Mundi) – 2011, Jazz Cross-Over – with John PATITUCCI (basses), Terri Lyne CARRINGTON (drums and vocals), Ben POWELL (violin), Patrick OWEN (cello), 2TH (vocals), Cédric HANRIOT (piano, Fender Rhodes, keyboards, programming, compositions/arrangements).

“Electrify my soul – frogNstein“ by Cédric Hanriot & Bertrand Beruard (Cristal/Abeille) – 2007, Electro – Groove – Jazz – with Bertrand BERUARD (bass, compositions), Franck AGULHON, Arnaud RENAVILLE (drums), Dean BOWMAN, Coco ZHAO, 2TH (vocals), Cédric HANRIOT (piano, keyboards, programming, compositions), Guillaume Poncelet (trompette), Florent Briqué (trompette), Hugues Mayot (saxophone), Pierre Desassis (saxophone), Bertrand Luzignant (trombone), Yvain von Stebut (programmations), Ludovic D’Aniello (programmations).

“Funky way of life” by Notorious (SMB/Scalen) – 1999, Funk Rock Fusion – with 2TH (voice/compositions), Stéphane ECK (drums/compositions), Benoit MASSON (guitars/compositions), Bertrand BERUARD (bass/compositions), Cédric HANRIOT (piano, keyboards/compositions).

As a sideman:

“The Mosaic Project, Love and Soul” by Terri Lyne Carrington (Concord Jazz) – 2015, Jazz, RNB – Lizz Wright, Paula Cole, Lalah Hathaway, Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole, Jaguar Wright (voice), Rachel Z, Patrice Rushen, Cédric Hanriot (keyboards), Meshell Ndegeocello (bass), Regina Carter (violin), Terri Lyne Carrington (drums, programming, voice).

“Beautiful Life” by Dianne Reeves (Concord Jazz) – 2014, RnB, Jazz – Dianne Reeves, Nadia Washington, Gregory Porter, Lalah Hathaway, Raul Midon (voice), George Duke, Gerald Clayton, Bobby Sparks, Robert Glasper, Cédric Hanriot, Shedrick Mitchell, Peter Martin, Leo Genovese (piano, keyboards), Reginald Veal, James Genus, Richard Bona, Esperanza Spalding (bass), Terreon Gully, Terri Lyne Carrington (drums), Sean Jones (trumpet), Tineke Postma (saxophone), Gregoire Maret (harmonica).

“More to say” by Terri Lyne Carrington (Real Life Story: Next Gen) – 2009, Hip Hop, RnB, Jazz – with Terri Lyne CARRINGTON (drums and voice), Christian McBRIDE (bass), George DUKE, Patrice RUSHEN, Danilo PEREZ, Cédric HANRIOT (piano and keyboards).

“Solisticks 2” by Franck Agulhon 2009, Acoustic/Electro Jazz – with Valérie Graschaire (voice), Vincent Artaud, Diego Imbert (bass), Pierre de Bethmann, Cédric Hanriot, Baptiste Trotignon, Eric Legnini, Pierre Alain Goualch (piano, keyboards), André Charlier, Franck Agulhon (drums).

“Light” by Ben Powell 2008, Jazz Manouche – with Ben POWELL (violin), Cédric HANRIOT (piano), Devin DROBKA (drums), Aaron DARELL (bass).

“Tribal Jazz Project” by Damien Prud’Homme (Wpr Jazz)  – afro jazz – 2008.

“Jour off” by Achil Komodo (Artdisto/Mosaic Music) – 2006, French Pop – with Achil KOMODO (voice, guitar), Cédric HANRIOT (piano, Fender Rhodes).

“Sun in my soul” by Mr Sacha (ACix) – 2004, Afro soul – with Mr SACHA (voice, guitars, saxophone), Tyrone DOWNIE (keyboards), Christophe PANZANI (saxophone), Cédric HANRIOT (B3 Hammond organ and Fender Rhodes).



Hanriot has given numerous masterclasses on music, jazz, improvisation, sound design and real time audio processing using laptop at universities and music schools such as:

Europe: Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, Jazz à Vienne Academy (Vienne,FR), Music Academy International (Nancy,FR), Centre Musiques Didier Lockwood (Melun,FR), Royal Academy of Music (London,UK), Trinity College (London,UK), Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow,UK).

North America: Indiana University (Bloomington,USA), William Paterson University (Wayne,USA).

Asia: Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (Singapore).

Highlight press quotes:

“Cédric Hanriot have created an “improvisational concept” that takes mainstream jazz styles for quintet and links them to literary and artistic archetype.”
Downbeat Magazine

“Hanriot is up there with Ehud Asherie; among the very top of the current crop of creative piano maestros.”
Steve Day, Sandy Brown Jazz

“Hanriot, a swinging stylist who can keep several ideas afloat at once, make notable contributions as well, moving the hardbop ethos into present times.”
Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record

“We understand quickly that Cédric Hanriot masters all aspects of sound, of grain color and that he is adept at the sculpture and placement of the soundscape.
he ten canvases explore, in an open and talkative fashion, Jazz and other
ontemporary musics, pop, electro, R&B, blues and hip hop.
musician who touches a bit of everything, a true multi-instrumentalist and a skilled musician who knows how to crack the codes of music.”
Les dernières nouvelles du jazz, about the album French Stories

“Cédric Hanriot dares to test the lively alchemy of composite Jazz and a decidly urban flavor. A powerful and tonic music which is graciously charming.”
Citizen Jazz, about the album French Stories

“The playing of French pianist Hanriot was a revelation – flowing and endlessly inventive, creating great waves of sound charged with emotion.”
John Watson @ Thejazzbreakfast.com, about the concert given on 08/10/15 in Birmingham, UK





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