Scott Tixier

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Scott Tixier
Background information
Born (1986-02-26) 26 February 1986 (age 28)
Montreuil, France
Genres jazz
Occupation(s) Composer, violinist
Instruments Violin
Years active 2002–present
Labels Sunnyside Records
Associated acts Trophees du Sunside, Downbeat Critics Poll, NPR "Song of the day", Corelli Savarez (strings), American Federation of Musicians (AFM)

Scott Tixier (born 26 February 1986) is an award-winning[1] French jazz violinist and a recording artist.

Life and career[edit]

Tixier was born in Montreuil, France, and studied classical violin at the conservatory in Paris. Following that, he studied improvisation as a self-educated jazz musician and under Florin Niculescu then Malo Vallois.

Scott Tixier has worked in many genres, in the theater, film scoring, Broadway Shows, for Sony Pictures, ARTE Creative, Heineken, Dos Equis and Fisher-Price. For America's Got Talent on NBC; With Zedd on the David Letterman Late Show on CBS. For Josh Groban; Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro; Sting; Jean Reno; Whoopi Goldberg; Marc Jacobs, Keith David, Pierre Palmade, Pierre Richard, David Ackroyd (Dallas, TV series), NBA player Allan Houston; Christina Aguilera; Chrisette Michele; Doug E. Fresh, Louisa Rose; JR (artist); Murray Hill (performer); Ariana Grande; Giovanni James and Monica Dogra.

He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, including, Stevie Wonder, Anthony Braxton, Joss Stone, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Wayne Brady, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Chew, The Isley Brothers, Cory Smythe, Maceo Parker, Janet Cardiff, Siegfried Kessler, Tony Middleton, Lonnie Plaxico, Myron Walden, Clifford Adams (Kool & the Gang), Kenny Grohowski, Helen Sung, Sara Serpa, Brice Wassy, Nicolas Genest, Gerald Cleaver, Lew Soloff, Tigran Hamasyan, James Weidman, Marcus McLauren, Michael Eckroth, Vince Ector.

Scott played at Carnegie Hall, at the Radio City Music Hall, at Madison Square Garden, at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club, The Apollo Theater, the Smalls Jazz Club, The Stone, Roulette, Smoke Jazz, Hammerstein Ballroom, Joe's Pub, Williamsburg Music Center, Cachaça, Brooklyn Lyceum, Tea Lounge and the United States Capitol in Washington DC, festival Jazz en tête...

When he was a teenager Scott was invited to several master classes with some of the finest jazz musicians, including: Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman...

In 2007, he was awarded the first prize of "Trophées du Sunside" in Paris, France. In 2008, Tixier moved to New York and has continued his career as both a sideman in the Lonnie Plaxico's band, Dave Douglas, Anthony Braxton, Numinous Ensemble and as a leader.

Scott Tixier has also met and received letters of introduction from: Jean-Luc Ponty, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Mark Feldman, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Lonnie Plaxico...

Tony Tixier and Scott Tixier opening for Herbie Hancock and Chris Dave at the festival jazz en tete

In 2008, he was endorsed by Corelli Savarez[2] (strings) and in November 2011, he was signed by the American record label, Sunnyside Records.

In 2012, Tixier was named "Rising Star Violin" in the 60th Annual Downbeat critics poll.[3]

In 2013, Tixier was nominated "Best New Artist" by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll.[4]

In 2013, Tixier was awarded for the 2nd consecutive year "Rising Star Violin" in the 61st Annual Downbeat critics poll.[5]

In May 2013, Scott Tixier was the violinist for Harvey Keitel 74th Birthday

He is currently based in Brooklyn, New York.


Tixier has earned international recognition for his playing. Grammy Award winning bassist Marcus Miller[6] says that Tixier "is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was immediately struck by his individuality and his sound.“ Guitarist Pat Metheny [7] says, "[Scott] has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat." In an interview with the All About Jazz in 2010, violinist Mark Feldman [8] called Scott "really up-and-coming and very talented." And Jean-Luc Ponty said "I have heard Scott's recordings, seen his live performances and I think that he stands above the crowd of current jazz violinists around the world."

Scott Tixier Quartet at The Blue Note Jazz Club NY 2014

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2014, featured on the Original Motion Pictures Soundtrack for the film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe (Tixier appeared in the film).

In 2014, Performed at Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and Apollo Theater with Gladys Knight, Joss Stone and Natalie Cole.

In 2013, Tixier was awarded "Rising Star Violin" in the 61st Annual Downbeat Critics Poll.[9]

In 2013, Tixier was nominated "Best New Artist" by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll.[10]

In 2012, Scott Tixier was nominated "Rising Star Violin" in the DownBeat Magazine's 60th Annual Downbeat Critics Poll.[11]

In 2012, "Brooklyn Bazaar" was listed in the JazzTimes Magazine Critics Top 50 CDs 2012 [12]

In 2012, Tixier was picked by NPR as "Song Of The Day", broadcast internationally

In 2012, "Coup de Coeur" by Fnac for "Brooklyn Bazaar"

In 2007, Scott Tixier was awarded the first prize of "Trophées du Sunside" in Paris, France.


His violin is an 1889 Collin-Mezin. Tixier uses bows by French bow maker Emil Miquel.

His violin case was originally owned by violinist Isaac Stern for his 1740 "del Gesù", it was specially made by Dimitri Musafia.

Performance credits[edit]

  • David Letterman Late Night Show CBS (Strings)
  • America's Got Talent NBC (House band strings)
  • Dave Douglas FONT
  • Joseph C. Phillips's Numinous Ensemble w/ Sara Serpa, Becca Stevens, Julie Hardy, Charenee Wade
  • The Candy Shop Boys
  • Tony Middleton Band
  • Mark Feldman curating at the Stone
  • Stevie Wonder at Madison Square Garden performing "Songs in the Key of Life" 2014 Tour


As leader

As sideman

  • Anthony Braxton, Trillium J (2014)
  • John Wick soundtrack, Evil Man Blues (The Candy Shop Boys) (2014) Lionsgate
  • Wonderful World, Yvonick Prene Group (2014)
  • Talking Strings, Darius Scheider (2013)
  • The Candy Shop Boys featuring Sophia Urista (2013)
  • Like A Road Leading Home, Sofia Laiti; James Weidman (2011)
  • Tony Middleton, Lofish Studios Session (2011)
  • Ephemera - Distance (Live At Lofish Studio Manhattan New York), Christian Ravaglioli (2011)
  • When We Arrive, Foldersnacks, Jesse Elder (2010)
  • Sangatsu, Keiichi Murata (2010) Tsumori Recordings
  • Roll the Dice, Yvonnick Prene Group (2007)
  • Introducing, Yvonnick Prene Group (2006)


  • John Wick featuring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe (2014)
  • Anthony Braxton "Trillium J" DVD (fine cut version) (2014)
  • Janet Cardiff Video Walk, Fondation Louis Vuitton (2014)
  • David Letterman Show on CBS (2013)
  • America's Got Talent Season 8, Ep 824, 826 and 827 on NBC (2013)
  • Documentary "DOUBLE JEUX" Tony Tixier Quartet invite Scott Tixier, CINAPS TV (2013)
  • "Ogres, les Fauves de Farafangan" by Léandre Bernard Brunel, ARTE Creative (2011)
  • "Silent Night" Directed by Bryan Parker, Sony (2011)
  • "Pierre et Fils" Pierre Palmade, TF1 (2008)
  • "Tous Places" Alban Capello, Atypik prod, Equidia TV (2005)


  1. ^ Portet, Stephane (2008). "Trophees Du Sunside". Wikipedia. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Corelli Savarez Artists". Savarez. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Downbeat (2012). "60th Annual Downbeat critics poll". Downbeat. Retrieved 2012. 
  4. ^ JazzTimes (2012). "JazzTimes critics poll". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2013. 
  5. ^ Downbeat (2013). "61st Annual Downbeat critics poll". Downbeat. Retrieved 2013. 
  6. ^ Miller, Marcus (18 March 2007). "Marcus Miller: Letter". Dynamod. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Metheny, Pat (13 March 2007). "Pat Metheny: Letter". Dynamod. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  8. ^ Fitzell, Sean Patrick (17 June 2010). "Mark Feldman: Taking an Eclectic Path". All About Jazz. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Downbeat (2013). "61st Annual Downbeat critics poll". Downbeat. Retrieved 2013. 
  10. ^ JazzTimes (2012). "JazzTimes critics poll". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2013. 
  11. ^ Downbeat (2012). "60th Annual Downbeat critics poll". Downbeat. Retrieved 2012. 
  12. ^ JazzTimes (2012). "jazztimes". JazzTimes. Retrieved 2013. 
  13. ^ J.Murph (2012). "NPR". NPR. Retrieved May 2012. 
  14. ^ Fnac (2012). "Fnac". Fnac. Retrieved March 2012. 
  15. ^ The New York City Jazz Record (2012). "The New York City Jazz Record". Allmusic. Retrieved March 2012. 

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