Artie Smiles

United Arab Emirates



* * 1987 Started learning the piano at the age of 7
* * 1996 Completed Grade 8 in piano performance and music theory, Yerevan, Armenia.
* * 2003 Founded the Open Key Jazz Project, London, UK
* * 2006 Attended Guildhall Jazz Summer School, London UK.
* * 2006 Recorded “Goodenough Voices of the Commonwealth” album under HM Queen's patronage in London, UK, of which 70,000 copies were distributed around The Commonwealth Countries.
* * 2006 Became a member of The Musicians’ Union in UK
* * 2008 Passed ABRSM Grade 5 Jazz Piano with Distinction, London, UK.
* * 2009 Started teaching music as a curricular subject at Abu Dhabi Grammar School, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
* * 2009 Became the pianist of Abu Dhabi Big Band.
* * 2011 Founded Modern Art Music Institute in Abu Dhabi as the Academic Director.
* * 2012 Attended Guildhall Summer School, London, UK.
* * 2012 Attended Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Summer School, Glasgow, UK.
* * 2012 Was admitted to the Licentiate Degree in Pro-Music Performance of Trinity College London (LTCL)
* * 2013 Was admitted to the Fellowship Degree in Jazz Piano Performance of London College of Music (FLCM)
* * 2011 Started academic collaboration with Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi as a Music Club Coordinator
* * 2016 Was admitted to the Licentiate Degree with Distinction in Music Teaching of Trinity College London (LTCL) *
* * 2021 Winner at London Shorts Film Festival for the "Best Film Score" of the project "In Tune".

Talent Card

Art Type:



Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates


DJ, Pianist


Classical, Gospel, Jazz, Multi Genre, R&B, Swing

Events Type:

Wedding, Festival, Public Event, Corporate Event, Private Party



Awards and Recognition

Winner at London Shorts Film Festival for the "Best Film Score"

Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council

Group Members

Musicians Union London, UK



Pianist of Abu Dhabi Big Band

Founding member of the Swing Revue

Pianist of the Dubai Opera Big Band

Song list

  • Mix of Jazz and Soul Music
  • All of me
  • Quiet nights of quiet stars
  • Under my skin
  • If I had you
  • Summertime
  • Dream a little dream
  • Girl from ipanema
  • Besame mucho
  • Georgia on my mind
  • Cry me a river
  • Fly me to the moon
  • Light my fire
  • Why Don't you do it right
  • Route 66
  • Feeling good
  • You was right baby
  • La vie en rose
  • 'S wonderful
  • It brings a Tear
  • Don't speak
  • Dance Me To The End Of Love
  • Fragile
  • Sophisticated Lady
  • Smoke gets in your eyes
  • I can't get started
  • Foggy day
  • For once in my life
  • A little bit
  • Kissing a fool
  • The man I love
  • You call it madness
  • Love for sale
  • They can't take that away
  • Funny Valentine
  • My baby just cares for me
  • Blue moon
  • Somewhere over the rainbow
  • Autumn leaves
  • Satin doll
  • Roma nun fa la stupida
  • Moon River
  • Stand by me
  • What a wonderful world
  • Sweet georgia brown
  • Tenderly
  • Desafinado
  • Lover man
  • Roxanne
  • Don't get around much anymore
  • Smooth operator
  • Love me or leave me
  • cheek to cheek
  • gee baby I ain't good to you
  • Sing Sing Sing
  • I'm just a lucky so and so
  • What a little moon can do
  • Hit the road jack
  • It don't mean a thing
  • I put a spell on you
  • Minnie the Moocher
  • The look of love
  • Moondance
  • Fever
  • Que rest t il de nos amours
  • Peal me a grape
  • Sway
  • LOVE
  • Caravan
  • Careless Wisper


  • Tech Requirements
  • PA System with Monitors (If not available, I can provide for 1 Dhs per Watt. Maximum 5000 Watts available.)
  • Piano monitor
  • Piano pickup mics if playing acoustic.
  • Monitor of around 80 Watts


Pianist, Accompaniment.


45 minutes per set


Everything including own visa and transportation.

No of sets:



Stage backline


USD 344

Questions See more

Do I perform outdoors?

Yes, I can perform outdoors.

Can you provide your equipment?

Yes, absolutely!

Can you play "Bella Ciao"?

If you insist.

Artie Smiles